New health care laws will require insurers to cover mental services

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius spent today touting the mental health benefits now available to Americans as part of the Affordable Care Act.

Under Obamacare, coverage is guaranteed for 62 million Americans fighting mental illness, drug or alcohol addiction, as well as children with autism or ADHD.

"This is the largest expansion of behavioral health coverage in a generation," said Sebelius.

Like a broken bone, depression can be treated with no increase in premium costs.

Mental health advocates say that will save lives.

"The most common causes of death in young people between the ages of 15 and 25 are suicide homicide and accident. Two of those are related to mental health and substance abuse disorder," said Paul Summergrad of Tufts University School of Medicine.

Meanwhile, President Obama was in New Orleans talking up the health law.

"And millions of Americans are finding they'll get better coverage for less cost and it's the right thing to do," the president said.

He's apologized for millions of policies being cancelled.

Republicans want cancellations banned.

Speaker John Boehner saying, in a statement said, "If the president is sincerely sorry that he misled the American people, the very least he can do is support this bipartisan effort. Otherwise, this apology doesn't amount to anything."

Secretary Sebelius promises a plan to help anyone who's cancelled sometime soon.

"But there isn't any specific proposal at the table immediately," said Sebelius.

As for Still slow and sporadic, says the team trying to fix it.


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