Friday, September 18, 2009

Coming Soon: Better Medicare Support for Mental Health - The New Old Age Blog -

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On Jan. 1, Medicare will gradually begin reimbursing for mental health treatment the same way it reimburses for care of cancer or kidney disease.

The current policy, as old as Medicare itself, treats mental illness differently from physical illness, a discrepancy that discourages elderly patients from seeking help for psychiatric problems.

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