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Psychiatric benefits and insurance regulation in Massachusetts: a national model?
Am J Psychiatry 1983;140:327-331.
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The Massachusetts Mandatory Mental Health Insurance Act requires all health insurance plans in the state to cover mental illness. Because of their concerns that this law might be taken as a national model, the authors describe the problems encountered in implementing it and the conflicts between the insurance carriers and psychiatry. The authors attribute the problems to some insurance carriers' failure to deal directly with organized psychiatry in obtaining screening guidelines, the absence of psychiatrists on the carriers' central committees, and psychiatrists' generally indifferent and hostile attitudes toward the carriers. The authors describe recent improvements and recommendations based on 10 years of experience.

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