November 04, 2020

Behavioral Health Parity: Coverage and Treatment Developments

By Chris J. Kutner, Esq. and Joseph P. DiBella, J.D., Rivkin Radler, Uniondale, NY

What services are available when a person feels mentally fatigued, anxious, depressed, overwhelmed, or generally unable to cope with the stress life includes? When people have a sore throat, laceration, or fractured bone, they seek treatment for that condition without hesitation and they know just where to go for treatment, but with behavioral health matters it is not so easy to find a provider who can deliver effective care. In the last 25 years efforts have been made to make such services more available and to ensure that health insurers cover all behavioral health services ranging from any mental illness to substance use disorders (SUDs).

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