posted by Alicia Caramenico
on February 20, 2019
Patients deserve comprehensive coordinated care that addresses their physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Health insurance providers are committed to ensuring access to quality mental health care and treatment for substance use disorders in the context of whole-person care. And there’s progress in the right direction, according to a FAIR Health study that shows dramatic growth in claims for drug and mental health treatment.
Significantly more people are getting mental health treatment in the decade since the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAE) was enacted in 2008.
Recognizing the importance of behavioral health care to having good physical and mental health, our industry has long supported increased access provided by MHPAEA, have worked hard to implement these protections, and to innovate improvements in care. The significant increase in claims for mental health substance use disorder treatment since passage of the parity law provides strong evidence that MHPAEA is working and that consumers are using these benefits to feel better and get the care they need.