More than one-half of individuals with a mental illness do not receive any mental health services.1 Among those who perceive an unmet need for mental health services, financial concerns represent important barriers to care.1 The implementation of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will potentially reduce cost-related barriers to mental health treatment by improving the level of coverage for mental health services among those with health insurance and by expanding insurance coverage to previously uninsured populations.
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