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GAO: Mental Health Exclusions Getting More Specific

GAO investigators found more mental health treatment exclusions in 2010 and 2011 plan documents than in 2008 documents (AP Photo/David Duprey)
GAO investigators found more mental health treatment exclusions in 2010 and 2011 plan documents than in 2008 documents (AP Photo/David Duprey)

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) found many more types of mental health and substance abuse treatment exclusions in employers' 2010 and 2011 plan documents than in the 2008 documents.

John Dicken, a GAO director, talks about those results in an introduction to a GAO review of behavioral health treatment exclusions in group health coverage.

The researchers found that the number of employers imposing behavioral health exclusions fell or held steady for a few disorders, such as alcoholism, conduct disorders and sexual disorders.

But the number increased by 200% or more for a number of treatments, such as vocational counseling and sex change counseling. The number also increased rapidly for treatments for conditions such as  autism, behavioral disorders and mental retardations.

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