"At least this would allow people the equal possibility to seek care, and now the question is going to be finding the appropriate care," he added.
Expanding access to mental health coverage is also part of President Obama's strategy for reducing gun violence in the United States. In the wake of the mass shootings last year in Connecticut and Colorado, the Obama administration sought support to improve mental health benefits as part of the effort to curb killings.
Former Rep. Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island, son of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, co-sponsored the 2008 law. He said the rules will also provide much-needed help to veterans "for the invisible wounds they have brought home from Iraq and Afghanistan," according to the Times.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about mental illness.
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