Gillibrand wants insurance to cover mental health

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., released a mental health plan Aug. 20 that calls for insurance plans to cover mental and behavioral health.

"It's time for mental health to be taken as seriously as physical health," her plan reads.

Ms. Gillibrand is a proponent for "Medicare for All," and she pledged to incorporate a "wellness framework" into a single-payer system if elected. Her mental health plan also includes increasing funding for Community Health Centers and alternative therapies like peer-support, increasing support for programs that grow the ranks of mental health providers in underserved rural areas, and improving the integration of addiction treatment with mental and behavioral health services.

"Transcending race, gender, age, religion, or life experience, mental health is a growing crisis in our country — and it has gone without sufficient attention, care or resources for too long," the plan reads.

See her full mental health policy platform here.  


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