The Mental Health Parity Paradox
In this episode of ERISA Watch, host Elizabeth Hopkins asks: "When did modern Western medicine decide that mental health was something altogether different than health pertaining to anywhere else in the body?"First Liz speaks with Dr. Joshua Warach, MD, a Neurologist from the Veteran's Administration about their ongoing effort to treat the veterans as holistically as possible, and to de-stigmatize mental health issues. Should the V.A. be a model for commercial healthcare systems?In the area of law and policy, Liz had a chance to speak with Lisa Kantor, Co-Founder of Kantor & Kantor, one of the nation's premier experts in the area of mental health parity, and an advocate for those who suffer from mental illness. It won't surprise our listeners to know that even though there are mental health parity laws, insurance companies continue to look for avenues through which they can get around these regulations. Please enjoy, and be on the lookout for our next episode on May 7.