Why Don’t We Have Mental Health Parity?

The law says insurance companies must pay for mental health benefits the same as they do everything else. Addiction as much as diabetes. Depression as much as cancer. But around the country, consumers are taking their insurers to court saying the companies are refusing to pay up. The insurance providers say mental health is complicated, and keeping costs down is part of their job.

What does this mean for patients? Kaiser Health News reporter Jenny Gold discusses the complex issue on NPR’s On Point.

 

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