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Recent Report Highlights Disparity in Access to Mental Health Care

Even with insurance, it’s getting harder to access mental health care — especially for youth. That’s according to a recent report by actuarial firm Milliman, which analyzed trends in commercial health plan data for over 35 million adults and their dependents and offers state-by-state comparisons.
Despite the increased national focus on mental health and the need for parity, the report finds that consumers continue to rely on out-of-network mental health providers at far greater rates than physical health providers, a phenomenon that’s even more prominent for children than adults. The likely culprit? A shortage of in-network providers and disparities in reimbursement rates between mental health and medical/surgical office visits.

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