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Access to Mental Health Care

Access to mental health care is among the most important and underappreciated aspects of the health care system for chronically ill people.  While federal law creates a requirement that health insurers provide coverage of mental health services on terms that are on par with medical and surgical services, these rules are severely under-enforced. Investigation and factual development of this complex area is needed.   

Our Approach

The Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (CHLPI) is working in partnership with the Kennedy Forum and a network of national advocates to gather information necessary to undertake an enforcement campaign that will make the promises of federal parity law real for those living with mental illness and other behavioral health needs.   

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