Whether the proposed federal health plan goes through or not, US citizens will reap the benefits of a health insurance law passed by Congress last year: the Mental Health Parity Act. As of January 1st, 2010, all insurance plans covering more than fifty people will be required to provide the same amount of service for mental health as they do for physical. This helps ensure that individuals with depression, bipolar disorder etc. have equal access to care.
Make sure to review your insurers new regulations for 2010 to see how the changes will affect you, your charges and family members. Visit the New York Times article for a summary of the pros and cons of the new law. For more resources on mental health, look through our previous posts on the subject.