Obamacare Should Help Those With Mental Health Issues, Advocates Say

Easier access, coverage for pre-existing conditions among some of the benefits cited

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Though some want no limits on the number of treatments available for someone with a mental health disorder, the law now mandates that all insurers offer a length of treatment that's on par with what's available for other health issues.

"It's like someone who's diagnosed with diabetes," Lindau said. "In the beginning, the treatment and education is very intense, and after time there are fewer appointments."

The bottom line on the Affordable Care Act, according to Sperling, is that "many people will be able to get new coverage or will see insurance coverage for mental health improve substantially."

As Lindau noted, "right now, people often wait until things are really terrible, and then they need additional help." But many of the difficulties people have faced in getting mental health care reimbursement should diminish, if not disappear, as the health-care law goes into full effect. "I think it's going to be a great thing," she said.

More information

HealthCare.gov offers a guide to the Affordable Care Act, including aspects that relate to mental health.

This HealthDay story details one woman's struggle for insurance coverage for a treatment program she says saved her life.

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