Self-reported Unmet Need for Mental Health Care After California's Parity Legislation

Published in: Psychiatric Services, v. 61, no 9, Sep. 2010, p. 861

Posted on on December 31, 2009

by Ruopeng An, Roland Sturm

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California's mental health parity law requires private health insurance plans to offer mental health coverage as part of health benefit packages and eliminate mental health benefit limit and cost-sharing requirements that are less comprehensive than those for general medical conditions after July 2000). Parity legislation applied to the privately insured, but it did not result in increased use of mental health care services in this group. Maybe more important, parity legislation cannot address the substantial disparities in mental health care utilization by insurance status.

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