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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Report to the President on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity: Oct. 2016

Federal Parity Task Force Takes Steps to Strengthen Insurance Coverage for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders
From the national opioid epidemic to disturbing rates of suicide, we see the consequences every day of untreated mental health and substance use disorders.  Access to effective mental health and substance use disorder services can mean the difference between graduating from school and falling behind; between keeping a good job and becoming involved with the criminal justice system; between living a full life in recovery and dying by overdose or suicide. But if those services are needed, will your health insurance cover them in the same way it covers other medical treatment?
Six months ago, President Obama established a Federal Task Force to help make sure the answer is yes.  

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