Family Medicine to Have More Support for Identifying & Treating Mental Health
Mental disorders top the list of the most costly conditions in the U.S., accounting for $201 billion in healthcare spending in 2013, far more than was spent on heart disease or cancer, according to federal data. An estimated 8.1 million adults have schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, and 3.9 million go untreated in any given year, according to data from the National Institute for Mental Health.
The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act 2016 steps-up the requirement for insurers to cover mental healthcare on the same level as physical health. Additional support for screenings, programs to provide early intervention for children, and initiatives to prevent suicide are included in the Act.