More than 1,000 Utahns rallied at the Utah Capitol Thursday for improved insurance coverage for mental health conditions and addictions.
Topping their legislative agenda: expanding Medicaid to cover 123,000 poor and uninsured state residents.
The Affordable Care Act delivers on a promise long hoped for by advocates — mental health parity, by including behavioral care and substance abuse treatment among the 10 essential benefits of health plans sold on the federal insurance marketplace, www.HealthCare.gov. New rules also require that coverage for mental illness be comparable to coverage for physical ailments.
The law also calls for expanding Medicaid, an optional provision that Republican leaders in Utah have yet to embrace but that advocates say would vastly improve access to care.