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Treatments of physical and mental health are coming together
Los Angeles Times

Many days, the sheer weight of Iszurette Hunter’s clinical depression becomes more than she can lift. She clings to her bed in her South Los Angeles home.

Important obligations slide away, including keeping appointments with doctors who are trying to control her asthma and high blood pressure.

“I don’t have no desire,” she explains.

As the nation seeks to extend healthcare coverage to millions of new and in many cases chronically ill patients, one of the great parallel challenges to controlling costs and improving delivery of care will be managing the mental health problems of people like Hunter.