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In recent years, concerns about the adequacy of insurance benefits and quality of care for individuals with mental illness have led the majority of states and the federal government to require equal coverage for both mental health and medical conditions. These parity mandates were designed to stop the erosion of insurance coverage for mental health care at a time when scientific research is yielding significant advances in treating mental illness, and to make it easier for the country's mentally ill population to get help. However, the HCC data suggest that these goals are not being met.

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