CHA News Article

Survey Shows Few Americans Aware of Mental Health Coverage Rights

While 27 percent of Americans have received treatment or therapy from a mental health professional, only 4 percent are aware of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) — legislation enacted in 2008 that requires health insurers that offer coverage for mental health or substance use disorders to provide the same level of benefits as they do for general medical treatment. According to the American Psychological Association’s (APA) 2014 Mental Health Parity Survey, awareness of the MHPAEA has not increased since the APA last conducted the survey in 2010. With mental health disorders as the leading cause of disability, the APA has developed resources, including a consumer guide and educational video, to inform the public about their rights for mental health coverage.