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US To Require Insurers To Cover Mental Health, Addiction Same As Physical Illness

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November 08, 2013 AT 5:13 AM
The Obama administration will require insurers to cover mental health and addiction just as they cover physical illnesses. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius made the announcement at a mental health conference Friday morning at the Carter Center in Atlanta with former first lady Rosalynn Carter. "This is the largest expansion of behavioral health coverage in a generation," Sebelius said. "The rule is a reality in part because of the leadership of President Obama, who was committed to getting this done this year." "There's no question we have to expand access to treatment, services, and support," she said.