When It Comes To Insurance, Mental Health Parity In Name Only?

By law, many U.S. insurance providers that offer mental health care are required to cover it just as they would cancer or diabetes care. But advocates say achieving this mental health parity can be a challenge. A report released earlier this week by the National Alliance on Mental Illness found that “health insurance plans are falling short in coverage of mental health and substance abuse conditions.”

Reporter Jenny Gold of Kaiser Health News tells NPR’s Arun Rath that patients are still having trouble getting their care covered. In this interview, she outlines some of the issues confronting both patients and the insurance industry.

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I’ve been wondering how the Obama health care program handles mental illness.