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Mental Health Bill Misses The Point Insurers and benefit managers, in an attempt to keep a lid on soaring mental healthcare costs, often place far more stringent limits on such coverage than those they routinely apply to treatment of non-psychological woes.

Congress tried to redress this injustice by passing the Mental Health Parity Act in 1996. But the law–which limits the restrictions that can be imposed by employers (that is, by those employers who still offer mental health benefits at all)–sunsets on Sept. 30.

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