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Insurers Required To Cover Mental Health And Substance Abuse

WASHINGTON D.C., -- Both mental illnesses and substance abuses will be covered with the same resources that are used to cover physical illnesses.
WASHINGTON D.C.-- According to the Institute of Mental Health, nearly 58 million Americans suffer from some kind of mental illness. That can be anything from depression to anxiety.

People with those conditions will soon have more insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius announced on Friday that insurers must now cover mental health and addiction to the same degree as physical illnesses.

For more than 32,000 veterans that live in Washington and Benton Counties, this coverage can help with the scars that we can't see.

The rule guarantees that co-payments and deductibles for mental health benefits are the same as medical benefits.

It also gives adults and children more access to proactive mental health screenings.
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