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Nov 9, 2013 10:44 PM by Heather Jackson

Mental Health Patients Now Covered Under Obamacare

CORPUS CHRISTI - Depression, OCD, ADD, Bipolar...these are all types of mental health issues that 1 in 4 Americans deal with but do not always get the proper care.

So in 2008 president George W Bush signed the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. That act stated that private health insurance companies could not charge a person a higher copay or limit their resources to mental health help.

Unfortunately, the act was not widely implemented by all insurance companies because of extra costs.

So on Friday the federal government announced that under the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies will have to incorporate what was manated in 2008. The estimated effect would impact 62 million Americans.

We talked to a woman who is diagnosed with clinical depression and had a tough time getting treatment for her bipolar daughter. She says it is great to see equal healthcare for mental health patients so they can get the treatment they need to look forward to life.

2008 Equity Act

List of Mental Health Illnesses

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