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Study Shows More Mental Health Care Covered by Insurance
Disparities in treatment persist

According to a recent Health Affairs study, the amount of mental health treatment expenses covered by private insurance, Medicare and Medicaid has increased from 44 percent in 1986 to 68 percent in 2014. Over the same period, the share of substance use disorder treatment financed by insurers was relatively unchanged, increasing from 45 percent to 46 percent. Though the share of adults receiving mental health treatment increased from 12.6 percent to 14.6 percent between 2004 and 2013, only 1.2 percent to 1.3 percent of adults received substance use disorder treatment over the same period. According to a separate study of the same issue, mental health treatment rates continued to increase in 2014, but racial and ethnic disparities in access to mental health services persist. Despite gains in health coverage across multiple racial/ethnic groups, treatment rates for substance use disorders did not increase.