Suicides, depression, anxiety and other mental health problems are on the rise, and will get worse, experts say.
Beginning in 2021, Connecticut insurers will have to submit annual reports detailing their coverage of mental health and substance abuse services.
The bill would also mandate insurance company cover drugs prescribed for substance abuse treatment, and cover treatment regardless of whether it is court ordered.
WASHINGTON — Connecticut’s Democratic lawmakers split with Rep. Rosa DeLauro and other progressives in their party Wednesday over a bill that included Sen. Chris Murphy’s mental health bill and authorized the spending of $1 billion on the treatment and prevention of opioid addiction.
Mental health practitioners, advocates, insurance companies and the Connecticut Insurance Department agree on the need for data to determine whether stories of people struggling to get coverage for mental health care are isolated incidents or signs of a deeper problem. But they disagree on a legislative proposal that one proponent says would require collecting data “essential” in making that determination.
WASHINGTON – Sen. Chris Murphy has teamed up with a Louisiana Republican to press for an overhaul of the nation’s mental health system at a time when Congress – stung by a rash of mass shootings by mentally unstable people – may be willing to consider changes.