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Mental health: Will it fall between the insurance cracks?

U.S. Capitol (AP photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
U.S. Capitol (AP photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Regulators have to do more to make sure that two major federal laws already on the books really improve access to mental health care insurance benefits.

Witnesses delivered that message today in Washington at a hearing on the state of the U.S. mental health care system that was organized by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee

One of the major laws governing private health insurance benefits for mental health care, the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA), affects insured and self-insured group health benefits.

The MHPAEA does not require an employer to offer coverage for mental health or substance use disorders.

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