Proof That Focus is Needed on Mental Health Benefits

This infographic from the Kaiser Family Foundation and JAMA Network provides an enlightening, if sobering, look at the prevalence and impact of mental health and substance use disorders in the US. Did you know these disorders were the leading disease burden in the US in 2015, surpassing even cancer and cardiovascular disease? This data underscores the importance of making mental health and substance abuse a strategic focus during health benefits planning. You should also expect increased governmental focus on mental health parity compliance. Make sure you audit your group health plans for compliance with financial, non-financial and disclosure rules and keep an eye out for future guidance.

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