Mental Health Parity

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Group Project Presentation about the Mental Health Parity Act and the disparities mental health patients must deal with.

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Mental Health Parity

  1. 1. Mental Health Parity Judy Turney, Laura Mercer, Janet Tate, Victoria Burdine
  2. 2. Disparities among mentally ill <ul><li>Housing </li></ul><ul><li>Employment </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><li>Healthcare </li></ul>
  3. 3. Managed Care <ul><li>Benefit packages with limitations on: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Providers, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Treatment options, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Utilization, and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mental health services. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Limitations on mental health <ul><li>Limited amount of funds. </li></ul><ul><li>Limited number of visits. </li></ul><ul><li>Limited treatment options. </li></ul><ul><li>Exclusion from coverage completely. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Mental Health Parity of 1996 <ul><li>Came into effect in 1998. </li></ul><ul><li>Parity coverage for behavioral health. </li></ul><ul><li>Employers must provide mental health. </li></ul><ul><li>Designed to be in effect for 6 years. </li></ul><ul><li>Approved again in 2001. </li></ul><ul><li>Signed by President Clinton. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Upcoming legislation <ul><li>Paul Wellstone Mental Health Parity Act: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Equal coverage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Diagnostic Manual of Mental Disorders </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Statistics <ul><li>4 of the 10 leading causes of disability is mental disorders. </li></ul><ul><li>1 in 5 adults has some type of diagnosable mental-health issue. </li></ul><ul><li>2.5 Million Americans with Schizophrenia. </li></ul><ul><li>2 Million Americans are bipolar. </li></ul><ul><li>15% have mental health and drug abuse disorders </li></ul><ul><li>1 in 5 children have a diagnosable mental-health disorder. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Benefits of Mental Health Parity <ul><li>Increase in children’s mental health treatment. </li></ul><ul><li>Overcoming discrimination </li></ul><ul><li>Preventing health plan disadvantages </li></ul><ul><li>Reducing out-of-pocket expenses </li></ul><ul><li>Reducing disability </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing productivity </li></ul><ul><li>Less than 1% premium increase </li></ul>
  9. 9. Interview Notes Presented by: Laura Mercer
  10. 10. Questions? Thank you for your time and attention! Have a wonderful Holiday Break!

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