Design of mental health benefits: Still unequal after all these years

Colleen L. Barry, Jon R. Gabel, Richard G. Frank, Samantha Hawkins, Heidi H. Whitmore, Jeremy D. Pickreign

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This paper examines recent trends in the design and organization of coverage for mental health care using data from a Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Research and Educational Trust (KFF/HRET) national employer survey. Legislation and changes in the delivery of mental health services have altered how mental health insurance is bought and sold. However, our findings reveal that mental health coverage is still typically not offered at a level equivalent to coverage for other medical conditions. We attempt to synthesize these data with prior research as a foundation for informed debates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-137
Number of pages11
JournalHealth Affairs
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes

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  • Health Policy


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