Public Insurance Up for Those With Mental Illness
Cost barriers to care rise among the uninsured and those with private insurance
THURSDAY, Oct. 10 (HealthDay News) -- From 2009 to 2010, compared with 1999 to 2000, individuals with mental illnesses were more likely to have public insurance and less likely to have private insurance, according to research published in the October issue of Health Affairs.
Kathleen Rowan, of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and colleagues analyzed data from the Integrated Health Interview Series to examine patterns of insurance coverage and cost barriers to care for those with mental health problems.
The researchers found that, in 2009 to 2010, individuals with mental health conditions were more likely to have public insurance and less likely to have private insurance compared with 1999 to 2000. For those with serious mental illnesses, cost barriers to care increased for the uninsured and the privately insured.
"Our results speak to the importance of public insurance in covering care for people with mental illnesses," the authors write.
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