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Advocates: Mental health coverage to benefit under health care act

from Austin American-Statesman

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has saved Barbara Vinson thousands of dollars on her son's mental health care over the past two years. The law allowed the Texas woman to add her son, Michael, now 24, to her insurance in 2010. Since then, her carrier has paid more than $18,000 for his inpatient treatment and psychiatric drugs for bipolar disorder. And although the law hasn't solved all their problems – many psychiatrists won't take insurance at all, she says – she's hopeful the legislation will help families like hers. more

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