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Mental Health Parity
Transcript of Mental Health Parity
"Major depression ranked second only to heart disease when it came to the burden of the disease." Against Mental Health Parity:
Large health care plan providers cite increasing costs as their reason for not supporting mental health parity; based on older studies.
In 1996, figures showed insurers’ increase cost could range from $2.55 to $11.45 per year.
Most recent estimates indicate that there would be a cost increase of 1% a year. On January 16, 2013, President Barack Obama signed an executive order that vowed to finally put in place the regulations from the 2008 Mental Health Parity Act. Mental Health
Implemented Mental health and physical health are interlinked
"Depression occurs in 10% of U.S. adults. That’s more than the percentage of children and adults in the US who have diabetes — 8.3%" Mental Health Parity Mental Health + Physical Health Discrimination The health care system still separating mental health from physical health aggravates the problem by encouraging that these are two different afflictions Illinois ranked No. 4 on the list for cutting general mental health funds from 2009 to 2011 by cutting approximately $113.7 million
Mental health care is not a priority People are often denied the care that they need and are often jailed. These people need treatment, not incarceration.
As more money is being taken out of the mental health care system, it is added in the jail system. The Solution Primary Care Physicians (PCPs)
they are already an increasing source of mental health care and referrals for many patients.
they are more likely to screen out patients who might require mental health care services and send them that way. Mental health parity can be implemented with the help of managed behavioral health care.
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