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Insurance companies will soon be required to provide better coverage for people who suffer from mental illnesses. The NYT sums up the change: “The Obama administration on Friday will complete a generation-long effort to require insurers to cover care for mental health and addiction just like physical illnesses when it issues long-awaited regulations defining parity in benefits and treatment.” While this will cover a lot of people, those at the lower end of the income spectrum could still be left out. One of the motivating factors behind the move was a desire to curb gun violence.

+ While those suffering from mental illnesses might receive insurance coverage on par with those who have physical ailments, they still might receive unequal treatment from the rest of us. Here’s a very interesting piece by Larry M. Lake in Slate: No one brings dinner when your daughter is an addict.

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