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North Carolina House Approves Mental Health Parity Bill

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The North Carolina House on Thursday voted 111-2 to approve a bill thatwould require insurers in the state to provide the same level ofcoverage for treatment of nine mental illnesses as they do for physicalillnesses, CongressDaily reports (CongressDaily,7/16). The illnesses include bipolar disorder, major depressivedisorder, anorexia nervosa and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Underthe bill, copayments and coverage for physician visits andhospitalization would have to be the same for physical and the selectedmental ailments. The legislation would allow insurers to impose annual"durational limits" of 30 office visits and a combined 30 days ofinpatient and outpatient treatment for other mental illnesses.

The state Senate approved the legislation earlier this month (AP/Winston Salem-Journal, 7/13). The bill now goes to Gov. Mike Easley (D); it is not known if he will sign the legislation, according to CongressDaily (CongressDaily, 7/16).

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