Brain with gears As of 2017, primary care reimbursements were 23.8 percent higher than behavioral reimbursements, which is an increase from 20.8 percent higher in 2015. (Image: Shutterstock)

It’s getting harder and more expensive for many people to get behavioral health care, according to Milliman Inc.’s report, “Addiction and Mental Health vs. Physical Health- Widening disparities in network use and provider reimbursement.

The Bowman Family Foundation engaged Milliman to use third-party administrative claims data to assess non-quantitative treatment limitations associated with behavioral health care services. The analysis, covering 37 million employees and dependents, reflects that conditions have worsened since a similar study was published two years ago.

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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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