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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Blog for Iowa: Health care reform update: Mental health parity in Iowa

Excerpted from this post at Blog for Iowa

Although I am excited about the potential for health care reform at
the federal level this year, we need to do what we can on the state
level as well. Last fall Congress passed Mental Health Parity
legislation which was signed into law. There is a bill in the Iowa
House, HF 234 requiring insurers in Iowa to cover mental health
conditions at the same level as they cover physical health conditions.
Although Iowa already has some mental health parity laws, the current
laws exclude some mental illnesses and alcohol or substance abuse
treatment. Likewise, the federal legislation exempts some plans,
whereas this Iowa legislation would apply to all plans (at least all
plans subject to state law, which is not really "all" plans).

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