Woman looking out window For adjustment disorders, claim lines for young adults (ages 19-30, including college-age individuals) increased 78 percent—more than for any other age group. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Health insurance claims for behavioral health treatment increased more than 100 percent in the 10-year-period between 2007 and 2017, a new study finds, with young people bearing a large share of those diagnoses. The study said that claim lines with behavioral health diagnoses increased 108 percent as a percentage of all medical claim lines from 2007 to 2017.

The white paper from FAIR, a nonprofit that studies the health insurance industry, drew on more than 28 billion private health claim records. The 2007-to-2017 time period may reflect an increase of claims reporting as well as possible increases in incidence, since it covers the years when federal law began requiring parity in coverage for mental health coverage in the U.S.

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