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PTSD, Autism Covered by Insurance? Mental and Physical Illness Gap Closing in Massachusetts Under New Law

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By Stephen M. Raffle, M.D.

“Widened Mental Benefits Pose Test,” The Boston Globe, By Kay Lazar, July 6, 2009

Advocates hail law covering 4 disorders; Insurers, employers say costs to be high”

“Tens of thousands of Massachusetts patients who grapple with some of the most intractable mental health problems – eating disorders, addictions, autism, and post-traumatic stress – should face fewer barriers to treatment under a state law that went into effect July 1…

“…The expansion illustrates two of the most pressing issues in healthcare today: equality for mental health services and the price tag for expanding medical care…

“Any step we take that breaks down this artificial divide that exists between mental illness and physical health is a big step,’’ said Matt Noyes, a mental health advocate at Health Care for All, a Massachusetts consumer group…”

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