The Biden administration unleashed an aggressive opening salvo Tuesday in what it pledges will be a sustained effort to compel U.S. health insurers to pay for mental health services on par with the way they cover physical health care.
The Biden administration is expected to announce Tuesday stepped-up enforcement of so-called mental health parity laws requiring health insurers to cover mental illness on the same basis as medical and surgical needs, the most aggressive intervention yet by the federal government.
New report spells out mental health crisis and offers steps forward.
While there still is a long road ahead before Build Back Better could become law, it seems now that they may be closer than before.
Much attention is being paid to the so-called human infrastructure bill that Democrats are struggling to come to agreement on, but the yearly federal appropriation bills for FY 2022 has bigger implications for mental health funding.
CDC Recognizes Mental Illness as Risk for COVID-19 Complications, Increasing Access to Booster Shots
The decision, announced October 14 after a review of studies of 1.5 million people, means that those with mental health conditions will be among the groups eligible for vaccine booster shots.
There is potentially a lot of mental health money in the outlines of the human infrastructure package, including Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as well as several mental health initiatives.
With the deadline for launching the 988 line just 7 months away, only a few states have enacted legislation to create and fund call centers and other services.
A program that was a living symbol of the movement for dignity of mental patients was giving power to an official who was criticized for his treatment methods.