The Healthcare Policy Area I Choose For The Research Is Mental Health

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The healthcare policy area I choose for the research is mental health.
People can experience different types of mental illness, which can affect their thinking, mood, and behavior. Examples of mental health disorders are depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, and addictive behaviors. Many people have mental health concerns, but those concerns convert to mental illness when ongoing signs and symptoms cause recurrent stress and affect their capability to function.
A mental illness can make people despondent and can cause difficulties in their daily life. In most cases, symptoms can be managed with a combination of medications and therapy (psychotherapy).
To know about mental illness is significant
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The policy related to mental health I wanted to research in depth is: The Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA). This act is a federal law that mainly averts group health plans and health insurance issuers that provide mental health or substance use disorder (MH/SUD) benefits from imposing less satisfactory benefit restrictions on those benefits than on medical/surgical benefits. (Retrieved from, https://www.cms.gov/CCIIO/Programs-and-Initiatives). Florida, which is ranked 49th in state funding for mental health, recently the governor had proposed a nearly $22 million increase to the state mental health budget which was not increased for the last couple of years. Political differences has left the state with a modest increase for community mental health services, hardly enough to offset the massive cuts that have taken place in previous years(Retrieved from, https://www.nami.org/About-NAMI/Publications-Reports/Public-Policy-Reports/State-Mental-Health-Legislation-2015/NAMI-StateMentalHealthLegislation2015.pdf)

A positive financial effect, as shown by a study done, that the suicide rate decreases significantly by 5% because of this policy. The study estimated that this act avoided 592 suicides per year nationwide, at a cost of $1.3–$3.1 million per suicide deterred (Retrieved from, Lang M. The impact of mental health insurance laws on state suicide rates.
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