Legislation has been filed to help make sure people with mental illness get the coverage they need.
House Bill 10 and Senate Bill 860 were filed yesterday to make sure treatment is available for people who have a mental health illness and substance abuse disorders.
Representative Four Price who has served as chair on the House Select Committee on mental health says we need to focus more on helping people with these problems.
“Difficult matters like that often get delayed in terms of addressing different solutions and options and we are filing a series of bills to really change that and move the needle in a positive direction, I believe,” said Price.
The legislation filed would make sure those suffering from a mental illness would get the same treatment and coverage as someone with a physical illness.
“Making sure that coverage is provided adequately and that there is no disparity between what is covered for say physical health conditions and mental health conditions is important,” added Price.
Price is hopeful these bills will help break down the barriers of what is covered and what isn’t, and ensure everyone gets the necessary follow-up care after a diagnosis.
“If you had, for instance, a knee replacement, or diabetes or some sort of physical condition you can simply get a prescription and told to come back in three months which can happen with mental health care you know and follow up and rehab,” said Price.