System Should Cover Mind and Body

Monday, September 24th, 2007
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

In this week’s news…

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), an estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older ­- about one in four adults ­- suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. The NIMH Web site also reports that the burden of mental illness on health and productivity in the United States accounts for over 15 percent of the total burden of disease — more than the disease burden caused by all cancers. That’s why a bill recently passed by the U.S. Senate requiring health insurers to provide equal amounts of coverage for mental and physical illnesses should help ease the burdens on both sufferers of mental disorders and the economies to which they contribute.

Also chronicled in this week’s Healthcare Business Weekly Update is a first-ever Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plan for Alzheimer’s disease and chronic dementia patients, to be launched by Evercare in Arizona. The coverage, benefits and services are intended to meet the specific needs of this population.

The debilitating effects of mental and dementia-related illnesses cause many sufferers to fall through healthcare system cracks. If your organization has found a way to locate and engage hard-to-reach cleints and members, please share your strategies by responding to HIN’s monthly e-survey. You’ll receive a free e-summary of the results.

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