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Man facing a maze “Without strong parity laws, it’s basically a lottery as to what kind of care a person might get,” says one mental-health parity advocate. (Image: Shutterstrock)

Thirty-two U.S. states received failing grades for not having adequate laws in place to ensure equal access to mental health and addiction treatment, according to the report, “Evaluating State Mental Health and Addiction Parity Statutes,” issued by nonprofit institutes and advocacy groups on the 10th anniversary of the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act.

Wyoming, Arizona, Idaho and Indiana received the lowest scores, while Illinois, Tennessee, Maine, Alabama, Virginia and New Hampshire scored the highest – though those six states all received a C grade. The state-by-state report cards assess the strength of mental health and substance use disorder parity statutes, as required per the 2008 federal law.

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.

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