Expand Mental Health Care Coverage, Editorial Says
Under the health reform law, insurers are required to provide coverage for mental health care at the same levels as other medical care, but health plans with 50 or fewer employees are exempt, according to a San Jose Mercury News editorial. A bill (AB 1600), by Assembly member Jim Beall (D-San Jose), would extend mental health parity to all California residents with insurance, and "it's time for the governor to acknowledge California's moral obligation to treat the mentally ill. He should sign the parity bill," the editorial concludes.
- "California Should Better Care for the Mentally Ill" (San Jose Mercury News, 7/30).