Health Insurers Now Required to Provide Mental Illness and Addiction Coverage

11.08.13 Marina Galperina

President Obama’s new health mandates will require insurers to finally treat mental illness and addiction as actual health issues and offer coverage, comparable to “bodily” illness, nationwide. It’s about time.

This has been a state policy in New York since 2008’s Timothy’s Law, named after a boy from Schenectady, NY who committed suicide at age 12 after exhausting all mental health coverage his parents’ health plans barely provided.

The New York Times points out:

In the White House, the regulations are also seen as critical to President Obama’s program for curbing gun violence by addressing an issue on which there is bipartisan agreement: Making treatment more available to those with mental illness could reduce killings, including mass murders.

That’s great! Too bad the president lied about that other Affordable Care Act thing and health insurance companies that don’t meet coverage requirements are suddenly dropping people. (Photo: I am Adam Lanza’s Mother)