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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