Navigation Links
Uninsured With Mental Illness and Addiction Disorders Not Covered by State Healthcare Initiatives

State Healthcare Reforms for the Uninsured Fail to Address the High Percentage of people with Mental Illness and Addiction Disorders

Washington, DC (PRWEB) July 17, 2008 -- New data indicates that more than one in four adult Americans without medical insurance have a mental illness or addiction disorder, or both.

Many state healthcare initiatives that intended to cover the uninsured are neglecting these behavioral health conditions, according to a report by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare (National Council).

The report is available at It is supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Mental illness is the leading cause, and addiction is the second leading cause, of disability among adults. Approximately one-third of people with these disorders, living below the federal poverty line, do not have insurance.

"We can effectively treat addiction disorders and mental illnesses and people that suffer from these debilitating conditions deserve treatment," said Linda Rosenberg, President and CEO of the National Council. "It is distressing that there are insurance plans and healthcare reform initiatives that continue to discriminate against behavioral healthcare."

The report reveals that benefits for mental illness and addiction treatment vary greatly across states. Among the report's findings:

  • Based on a study of 18 states, approximately 60% provide equal coverage for mental illnesses in initiatives for the uninsured, but only 28% provide equal coverage for addiction disorders.
  • Basic parity is not enough. More states need to address problems with scope of benefits, co-payments, prior approvals, and shortages of behavioral health professionals.
  • Few states are including mental illness and addiction disorders in wellness and chronic disease management programs.

About the National Council

The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) association of 1,400 behavioral healthcare organizations. Member organizations provide treatment and rehabilitation services for mental illnesses and addictions disorders to nearly six million adults, children and families in communities across the country.

National Council: Meena Dayak, 301-984-6200, ext. 228,

# # #

Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2008 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. 1,000th Uninsured Virginia Patient Secures Access to Quality Medical Care Through Virginia Cares Uninsured Program (VCUP)
2. Poor and uninsured patients more likely to experience racial discrimination
3. AMA Reinforces Commitment to Cover the Uninsured at Annual Meeting
4. Campaign Aims to Cover 1,000 Uninsured Children in One Day
5. The CoverMe Foundation Offers Free, Step-By-Step Assistance to Connect Uninsured with Free or Reduced-Cost Health Care
6. AUDIO from Medialink and Pfizer: Free Programs for Uninsured Men and Women Who Need Help Paying for Medicine
7. Cover The Uninsured Week and Project Healthy Living Save Lives
8. Sacramento Man Finished 100-Mile-Run in 100 Degree Heat to Secure Health Care for Uninsured Children
9. Graduates Forced to Join Millions of Uninsured Americans
10. PA Governor Says Financial Analysis Shows Nothing Stands in Way of Senate Action to Help Pennsylvanias Uninsured
11. Middle Class Uninsured Kids Health Risk Almost as High as Poor Childrens
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Uninsured With Mental Illness and Addiction Disorders Not Covered by State Healthcare Initiatives
(Date:6/24/2016)... MIAMI, Fla. (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... Florida Trend magazine’s 2016 Legal Elite. The attorneys chosen by their peers for this ... of Florida. , Seven Greenberg Traurig Shareholders received special honors as members of this ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Comfort Keepers® of San Diego, CA is excited ... To Recovery® program to drive cancer patients to and from their cancer treatments. ... highest quality of life and ongoing independence. Getting to and from medical treatments ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Plano, TX (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... taking part in Genome magazine’s Code Talker Award, an essay contest in which patients ... for an award to be presented at the 2016 National Society of Genetic Counselors ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... York, NY (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 ... ... publication Haute Living, is proud to recognize Dr. Barry M. Weintraub as a ... that “the most beautiful women in the world, and the most handsome men, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... actively feeding the Frederick area economy by obtaining investment capital for emerging technology ... past 2½ years that have already resulted in more than a million dollars ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... announced the establishment of Astellas Farma Colombia (AFC), a new affiliate with operations headquartered in Bogota. Colombia ... ... ... ... Astellas is a pharmaceutical ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 The vast majority ... outpatient dialysis facility.  Treatments are usually 3 times a ... per visit, including travel time, equipment preparation and wait ... but especially grueling for patients who are elderly and ... skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers for some duration of ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... YORK , June 23, 2016 ... waters, but it continues to present great opportunities to ... companies for today: Intrexon Corp. (NYSE: XON ... Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ARNA ), and ... more about these stocks and receive your complimentary trade ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: