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INS-042: Mental Health Parity

Mental Health Parity: The Wisconsin Medical Society, acknowledging the tremendous burden that mental illness places on society

  • Fully supports the adequate provision of mental health care services, including psychiatric, addiction care provided by specialists and primary care by physicians and the concept that all services be reimbursed as any other medically necessary medical or surgical service.
  • Opposes alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) carve-outs or limiting coverage based upon specific mental health diagnoses.
  • Encourages physicians to work to reduce the stigma of mental illness by recognizing mental illness as a disease by dispelling myths and providing evidence-based information to ensure a more informed public. (HOD, 0418)