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Obama Makes Insurers Offer Mental Coverage

From a cheering New York Times:

New Federal Rule Requires Insurers to Offer Mental Health Coverage

By ROBERT PEAR | February 20, 2013

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration issued a final rule on Wednesday defining “essential health benefits” that must be offered by most health insurance plans next year, and it said that 32 million people would gain access to coverage of mental health care as a result.

The federal rule requires insurers to cover treatment of mental illnesses, behavioral disorders, drug addiction and alcohol abuse, and other conditions.

Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, said that in addition to the millions who would gain access to mental health care, 30 million people who already have some mental health coverage will see improvements in benefits.

White House officials described the rule as a major expansion of coverage. In the past, they said, nearly 20 percent of people buying insurance on their own did not have coverage for mental health services, and nearly one-third had no coverage for treatment of substance abuse.

The rule requires insurers to cover benefits in 10 broad categories, including hospital services, prescription drugs and maternity and newborn care…

This sounds like another executive order from Obama. Though it could be part of Obama-Care’s, ‘as the secretary shall determine…’ But don’t worry. This won’t cost anything. And it won’t drive up the price of everyone’s premiums.

And this is just another one of the little gifts we will be getting for the rest of time, thanks to Obama-Care.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, February 21st, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Obama Makes Insurers Offer Mental Coverage”

  1. This is perfect! One more trillion-dollar demand that will break the back of our economy. Mental health and disease are real, but they remain the most hard-to-define, subtle, and resistant to human intervention. If the system wasn’t already set to collapse, this certainly would do it. On top of every other boondoggle, this will bury us.

    Sigmund Freud’s ‘couch treatment’ has had only limited success, and is prohibitively expensive. Drugs have had great success in making people with severe symptoms functional, but are no cure. Technically, at least a third of all people have some form of mental disturbance.

    Obummer’s plan isn’t merely a can of worms, it’s a 55 gallon drum of them.

  2. captstubby

    Maybe it is not the guns!….

    so lets dope up 32 million more people.
    “and best of all, its free.”

    School Shooting Prozac WITHDRAWAL 2008-02-15 Illinois ** 6 Dead: 15 Wounded: Perpetrator Was in Withdrawal from Med & Acting Erratically
    School Shooting Prozac Antidepressant 2005-03-24 Minnesota **10 Dead: 7 Wounded: Dosage Increased One Week before Rampage
    School Shooting Paxil [Seroxat] Antidepressant 2001-03-10 Pennsylvania **14 Year Old GIRL Shoots & Wounds Classmate at Catholic School
    School Shooting Zoloft Antidepressant & ADHD Med 2011-07-11 Alabama **14 Year Old Kills Fellow Middle School Student
    School Shooting Zoloft Antidepressant 1995-10-12 South Carolina **15 Year Old Shoots Two Teachers, Killing One: Then Kills Himself
    School Shooting Med For Depression 2009-03-13 Germany **16 Dead Including Shooter: Antidepressant Use: Shooter in Treatment For Depression
    School Hostage Situation Med For Depression 2010-12-15 France **17 Year Old with Sword Holds 20 Children & Teacher Hostage
    School Shooting Plot Med For Depression WITHDRAWAL 2008-08-28 Texas **18 Year Old Plots a Columbine School Attack
    School Shooting Anafranil Antidepressant 1988-05-20 Illinois **29 Year Old WOMAN Kills One Child: Wounds Five: Kills Self
    School Shooting Luvox/Zoloft Antidepressants 1999-04-20 Colorado **COLUMBINE: 15 Dead: 24 Wounded
    School Stabbings Antidepressants 2001-06-09 Japan **Eight Dead: 15 Wounded: Assailant Had Taken 10 Times his Normal Dose of Depression Med
    School Shooting Prozac Antidepressant WITHDRAWAL 1998-05-21 Oregon **Four Dead: Twenty Injured
    School Stabbing Med For Depression 2011-10-25 Washington **Girl, 15, Stabs Two Girls in School Restroom: 1 Is In Critical Condition
    School Shooting Antidepressant 2006-09-30 Colorado **Man Assaults Girls: Kills One & Self
    School Machete Attack Med for Depression 2001-09-26 Pennsylvania **Man Attacks 11 Children & 3 Teachers at Elementary School
    School Shooting Related Luvox 1993-07-23 Florida **Man Commits Murder During Clinical Trial for Luvox: Same Drug as in COLUMBINE: Never Reported
    School Hostage Situation Cymbalta Antidepressant WITHDRAWAL 2009-11-09 New York **Man With Gun Inside School Holds Principal Hostage
    School Shooting Antidepressants 1992-09-20 Texas **Man, Angry Over Daughter’s Report Card, Shoots 14 Rounds inside Elementary School
    School Shooting SSRI 2010-02-19 Finland **On Sept. 23, 2008 a Finnish Student Shot & Killed 9 Students Before Killing Himself
    School Shooting Threat Med for Depression* 2004-10-19 New Jersey **Over-Medicated Teen Brings Loaded Handguns to School
    School Shooting Antidepressant? 2007-04-18 Virginia **Possible SSRI Use: 33 Dead at Virginia Tech
    School Shooting Antidepressant? 2002-01-17 Virginia **Possible SSRI Withdrawal Mania: 3 Dead at Law School
    School Incident/Bizarre Zoloft* 2010-08-22 Australia **School Counselor Exhibits Bizarre Behavior: Became Manic On Zoloft
    School/Assault Antidepressant 2009-11-04 California **School Custodian Assaults Student & Principal: Had Manic Reaction From Depression Med
    School Shooting Prozac Antidepressant 1992-01-30 Michigan **School Teacher Shoots & Kills His Superintendent at School
    School Shooting Threats Celexa Antidepressant 2010-01-25 Virginia **Senior in High School Theatens to Kill 4 Classmates: Facebook Involved: Bail Denied
    School Violence/Murder Antidepressants* 1998-05-04 New York **Sheriff’s Deputy Shoots his Wife in an Elementary School
    School Knifing/Murder Meds For Depression & ADHD 2010-04-28 Massachusetts **Sixteen Year Old Kills 15 Year Old in High School Bathroom in Sept. 2009
    School Stabbing Wellbutrin 2006-12-04 Indiana **Stabbing by 17 Year Old At High School: Charged with Attempted Murder
    School Threat Antidepressants 2007-04-23 Mississippi **Student Arrested for Making School Threat Over Internet
    School Suspension Lexapro Antidepressant 2007-07-28 Arkansas **Student Has 11 Incidents with Police During his 16 Months on Lexapro
    School Shooting Antidepressant WITHDRAWAL 2007-11-07 Finland **Student Kills 8: Wounds 10: Kills Self: High School in Finland
    School Shooting Paxil [Seroxat] Antidepressant 2004-02-09 New York **Student Shoots Teacher in Leg at School
    School Threat Prozac Antidepressant 2008-01-25 Washington **Student Takes Loaded Shotgun & 3 Rifles to School Parking Lot: Plans Suicide
    School Shooting Plot Med For Depression 1998-12-01 Wisconsin **Teen Accused of Plotting to Gun Down Students at School
    School/Assault Zoloft Antidepressant 2006-02-15 Tennessee **Teen Attacks Teacher at School
    School Shooting Threat Antidepressant 1999-04-16 Idaho **Teen Fires Gun in School
    School Hostage Situation Paxil & Effexor Antidepressants 2001-04-15 Washington **Teen Holds Classmates Hostage with a Gun
    School Hostage Situation Antidepressant WITHDRAWAL 2006-11-28 North Carolina **Teen Holds Teacher & Student Hostage with Gun
    School Knife Attack Med for Depression 2006-12-06 Indiana **Teen Knife Attacks Fellow Student
    School Massacre Plot Prozac Withdrawal 2011-02-23 Virginia **Teen Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison For Columbine Style Plot
    School Shooting Celexa & Effexor Antidepressants 2001-04-19 California **Teen Shoots at Classmates in School
    School Shooting Celexa Antidepressant 2006-08-30 North Carolina **Teen Shoots at Two Students: Kills his Father: Celexa Found Among his Personal Effects

  3. Since mental health is required, then we will probably have to have our heads examined regularly “for our own good”. I see the future of healthcare…

    Doctor : Do you own a gun? (Sorry, it’s a required question)
    Patient :Yes.
    Doctor : Then you obviously have a mental disorder as defined by the “it’s crazy to own a gun, you might shoot your eye out” procalimation of 2015. And since you’re known to be mentally ill, you can’t have a gun. We’ll be by in the morning to collect the ones you already have. NURSE!!!
    Patient : So Doc, you going to fix my broken leg, or not?

  4. USSFreedom

    Put this on your head…Do you agree with everything the President is doing? If Yes, press the red button.(Here’s a phone) If no, press the blue one.(Electroshock treatment is Baaaaaaaaaaaacccccccccccck.)




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