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New law boosts insurance coverage for mental health, substance abuse treatment

New law boosts insurance coverage for mental health, substance abuse treatment

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill Wednesday that strengthens insurance coverage for mental health conditions and addiction treatment – a measure that advocates say is one of the strongest of its kind in the nation.

Federal and state laws already prohibit insurers from covering mental health and substance use disorders at lower levels than physical medical conditions, but advocacy and other groups have expressed concerns that insurance coverage for treatment was stillgetting short shrift. They considered the issue especially pertinent given the current epidemic of opioid addiction.

The new law will bar private insurers from requiring prior authorization for medications to treat...

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