January 1, 2009
According to U.S. News & World Report, a new study reveals that people with mental illness who have parity in cost sharing are more likely to receive timely outpatient care following a hospitalization than those patients in Medicare plans with intermediate or no cost parity.
Most Medicare plans do not offer equal coverage for mental health services compared with other medical services. Researchers studied the coverage of outpatient mental and general medical services for more than 300 Medicare plans over a five-year period. More than 75% of Medicare plans required patients to pay for a greater portion of mental health care costs.