Real Mental Health Parity Means Access to Healthcare


More than 6 million people have signed up for health insurance under the affordable care act which extends coverage for mental health and substance use disorder treatment on par with coverage for physical health care. 

President Obama announced the milestone Thursday in a call with enrollment counselors and outreach volunteers, who are undertaking an intense marketing drive in the final days of open enrollment. There were more than 1.5 million visits to and more than 430,000 calls to the call centers on Wednesday.

Those who've started the application by next Monday but are unable to finish because of technical issues will receive more time to complete the process, officials have said.

As of July 1, 2014, insurance offered through the state exchanges and private insurance plans will have to meet Mental Health Parity requirements that will offer equal coverage for mental health and substance use disorders at the same level as physical coverage.

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