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New law offers hope on insurance coverage of therapies
Los Angeles Times - Eric Jaffe

The healthcare industry favors psychotherapies that have been found effective in randomized controlled studies. Thus, cognitive behavioral therapies are typically covered while lengthier, more costly treatments such as psychodynamic therapy are often truncated or not covered. Reports suggest that roughly two-thirds of privately insured Americans are enrolled in plans that limit duration of treatment based on research findings. Advocates of cognitive behavioral therapy call this a fortuitous confluence of evidence and insurance interests.