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Health care reform requires coverage of mental health, substance abuse by 2014
Southern California Public Radio

In Sacramento Tuesday state lawmakers held a briefing on the ways federal health care reform will affect mental health services in California. Most Californians will get some type of coverage in about three years – but the details are still in the works.

In this country, 9 million uninsured adults suffer from mental illness or substance abuse disorders. The federal Congressional Budget Office estimates that health care reform will provide medical insurance to more than half of them.