The Washington Times - November 1, 2013, 09:45AM

Obamacare will include coverage for mental health services in all plans going forward, but won’t address a gap in mental health community services, said the bipartisan co-sponsors of a bill to close that gap.

“The tragedies of the last couple of years have drawn attention to this issue,” Sen. Roy Blunt, Missouri Republican, said Friday on MSNBC. “This is something Congress could do to respond to these tragedies.”


He co-sponsored the legislation earlier this year with Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Michigan Democrat. While the two disagree on many things — including the viability of the Affordable Care Act — Ms. Stabenow said the two are able to look past their differences and find common ground.

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“The good news is starting in January, all health care policies going forward will cover mental health as it relates to insurance. The problem is we still have a gap in the community,” she said on MSNBC. “What our bill does is put in place a way to fund community mental health services.”

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