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Overcoming barriers to mental health and substance abuse care

Historically, mental health and substance abuse services have gotten short shrift when it comes to insurance coverage. But Obamacare and another federal law passed several years ago are trying to address that.

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, which took effect in 2010, requires health plans that provide mental health and substance abuse services to do so in equal fashion to medical health services.

In this Health Care Watch column, experts point out existing barriers to mental health and substance abuse care, and how patients can work to overcome them.

Posted in Health Reform, New Benefits