Q: How will healthcare reform help people with mental illnesses?

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Mental health benefits are part of the “essential health benefits” required under the Affordable Care Act. This means insurance companies are now required to provide mental health benefits in their policies. In addition, insurance companies cannot deny an individual with a pre-existing mental health illness. These individuals will be able to purchase a plan and begin using health services on their plan’s start date.

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