If your insurer covers few therapists, is that really mental health parity?

Photo by Metro ServiceThe high proportion of out-of-network behavioral care means mental health and substance abuse patients were far more likely to face the high out-of-pocket costs that can make treatment unaffordable, even for those with insurance. ■ Jenny Gold / Kaiser Health News It’s been nearly a decade since Congress passed the mental health parity act, with its promise to make mental health and substance abuse treatment just as easy to get as care for any other condition. Yet today, in the midst of the opioid epidemic and a spike in the rate of suicide, patients still struggle to access treatment. That’s the conclusion of a report published Nov. 30

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