Colorado mental health insurance bill to help consumers navigate the system

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A new measure introduced this week may make it simpler for state residents to receive mental health care. A new Colorado mental health insurance bill introduced this week could make it easier for state residents to receive the care they need. The idea is to form a state ombudsperson’s office. The goal of the office is to assist Colorado residence in navigating the insurance system for mental health care. Many people struggle to understand their rights and to whom they should direct their questions. Individuals find the current Colorado mental…

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Mental health insurance bill gets Texas House thumbs up

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Tentative approval was given to a bill that would ensure equal insurance coverage for mental and physical care. The Texas House granted tentative approval for legislation to provide equal physical and mental health insurance coverage for care. This would make sure that Texans can obtain care regardless of whether the nature of the illness is of the body or the mind. This health care legislation was proposed by Rep. Four Price (R-Amarillo) earlier this week. The mental health insurance legislation was the first of a number Price filed regarding mental…

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Four health insurance companies violated mental health coverage law

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The state of Oregon has accused four insurers in failing to cover certain treatments including one for autism. The state of Oregon is currently calculating potential fines for four health insurance companies that failed to comply with the law for covering certain mental health treatments, including one for autism. State law requires insurance companies to provide mental and physical coverage in a similar way. The regulation in Oregon states that health insurance companies “cannot categorically deny coverage,” for mental health care and therapies, such as for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA),…

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Mental health insurance helps people to receive depression diagnoses

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People who have private coverage are more likely to receive a diagnosis of the condition than the uninsured. The results of the latest National Health and wellness Survey that was conducted by Kantar Health have now been released and they have revealed that when people have private mental health insurance coverage, they are more likely to receive a diagnosis of depression than is the case among people who have publicly assisted or provided plans. The survey showed that the difference in the diagnosis rate between these two groups is considerable.…

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Travel insurance coverage may not extend to mental health

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Many vacationers purchase a policy in case of a medical emergency, but not all forms are covered. Travel insurance can be a very important way for people to protect themselves against the financial losses associated with the unexpected, whether that be the sudden need to cancel a trip at the last moment or requiring urgent medical assistance while away from home. However, these policyholders are starting to discover that mental health is typically not covered. One of the most important types of coverage that a travel insurance policy provides is…

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Health insurance not accepted by half of U.S. psychiatrists

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A new study has shown that these medical professionals will not be paid through a coverage plan. Recently, as the health care reform truly takes hold across the country, there has been a growing focus on mental health and integrating it with physical care, which has revealed that about half of all psychiatrists in the country will not accept health insurance. True integration of mental and physical wellness and care has been proving to be an increasingly difficult process. Physician Tara Bishop, who is also a researcher at Weill Cornell…

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Mental health insurance didn’t save Joshua Marks, MasterChef runner-up

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Despite the fact that he had very good coverage, the “gentle giant” lost his battle and killed himself on Friday. Regardless of the fact that Joshua Marks had very good mental health insurance coverage, this second place winner from the popular “MasterChef” reality show committed suicide on October 11, 2013. The family of Marks is now pointing the finger at a lack of treatment facilities and easy gun access. According to Marks’ family, he had been in “the battle of his life fighting mental illness” when he killed himself on…

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Health insurance companies facing greater scrutiny in Massachusetts

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Mental illness coverage will be a considerable focus for the state’s law and its enforcement. Mental health insurance has become a very hot topic, as seven different insurers have now reached settlements to pay consumers and the state for their failure to meet the legal coverage requirements in Massachusetts. The most recent of these settlements has spawned a greater effort by the Attorney General to solve the issue. Martha Coakley, the Attorney General, has taken inspiration from the health insurance settlements over mental illness coverage, and has now issued a…

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Health insurance consumers face confusion over mental illness coverage

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Many people are struggling to understand what type of protection they have against mental conditions. Health insurance has been a prime news topic over the last while, as the changes to the Affordable Care Act are implemented, but what many people are still struggling to discover is how they are covered against mental illness. Standard policies will soon provide more protection against that type of condition. However, while it is truly helpful to have a policy that will provide mental illness coverage, all too many practitioners are not accepting that…

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Mental health experts call for blend of medical and behavioral payments in healthcare reform

Experts in mental health industry are requesting that medical providers such as psychologists take on an important role in health care reform, as they bring about new initiatives for reimbursement that would combine behavioral and medical health payments. Among the primary criticisms that U.S. healthcare has received over the years is that its method of providing health care identifies medical and behavioral services as independent and not as important as physical health services. Furthermore, preventative efforts make up only 5 percent of the total expenditures for healthcare. Along with the…

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