Massachusetts Psych APRN’s will benefit from parity initiatives that seek to equalize access and reimbursement for treatment across Mental Health and Addiction treatment. As our clients have an ever advancing access to mental health and addiction services just as they do for primary care, there will be more opportunities to treat our mental health and addiction clients and achieve better outcomes if we can fully and completely treat them as the issues demand – not subject to arbitrary cut offs and ineffective treatment options.
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Although it is true that the legislation resulted in near-universal health insurance coverage in Massachusetts, including 98% of the state’s population and nearly 100% of children, baseline rates of insurance were high before the law went into effect. In 2007-2008, when the law was just being implemented, uninsured rates in Massachusetts were only 5% at a time when up to 25% of the population of California, another progressive state, was uninsured.