New Oregon law will require parity in mental health coverage

There are 16 comments on the Jan 1, 2007, Statesman Journal story titled New Oregon law will require parity in mental health coverage. In it, Statesman Journal reports that:

A new Oregon law kicks in today, requiring health insurance plans throughout the state to extend the same coverage to mental illnesses as they do to physical ones.

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OCC

Salem, OR

#1 Jan 1, 2007
Haven't we been hearing for years about how rising costs of medical insurance is straining the system? Now we mandate something bound to raise the cost of insuring workers. The net effect is that fewer workers will be insured after this turkey takes effect.

Reminds me of Gov. Ted's BS about taking care of the poor, while at the same time requiring a script for cold medicine. So now, if you're part of the working poor, and you get a cold, you have to pay for a doctor's visit so you can get a script in order to get a $5 medicine sold over the counter everywhere else in the U.S., or just suffer through.

I'd like to find a consistent politician for once.

Since: Dec 06

Portland, OR

#2 Jan 4, 2007
so we should ignore the mentally ill? doesn't make too much sense to me since mental illness is often due to pathologic disease and should be treated the same as any other disease is treated....as for needing a script for pseudoephedrine, thank the meth problem for that...the gov was proactive for a problem that is overwhelming america, oregon is one of the worst states suffering through it, so i am puzzled by your opinion...any thoughts?
OCC wrote:
Haven't we been hearing for years about how rising costs of medical insurance is straining the system? Now we mandate something bound to raise the cost of insuring workers. The net effect is that fewer workers will be insured after this turkey takes effect.
Reminds me of Gov. Ted's BS about taking care of the poor, while at the same time requiring a script for cold medicine. So now, if you're part of the working poor, and you get a cold, you have to pay for a doctor's visit so you can get a script in order to get a $5 medicine sold over the counter everywhere else in the U.S., or just suffer through.
I'd like to find a consistent politician for once.
jujubee

Granite Bay, CA

#3 Jan 4, 2007
I agree, you can thank all of the meth making losers out there for the prescription cough medicine. I lived in the hermiston area in northeastern oregon, and it is sickening how bad the meth epidemic is here. I AM one of the poor, I am raising 3 children on a small income, but I can still buy good cough medicine over the counter, just not with pseudoephedrine in it.
As far as the mental health thing goes, millions in america are affected by mental illness and deserve the right to choose and have the right kind of care and coverage as everyone else. People do not choose mental illness, it hits them like diabetes or cancer would. They deserve the right to recieve covered services, especially being that a single visit to a therapist, not a psychiatrist, just a therapist can cost up to $100 per hour at a county funded mental health clinic, even more elsewhere. consider that.
OCC

Salem, OR

#4 Jan 4, 2007
laughinglady wrote:
so we should ignore the mentally ill? doesn't make too much sense to me since mental illness is often due to pathologic disease and should be treated the same as any other disease is treated....as for needing a script for pseudoephedrine, thank the meth problem for that...the gov was proactive for a problem that is overwhelming america, oregon is one of the worst states suffering through it, so i am puzzled by your opinion...any thoughts?<quoted text>
Well, when every time you open a newspaper, everyone from business to government is decrying the high cost of benefits, it doesn't seem to make too much sense to then mandate a requirement that will only drive costs up.

It would be great to have all plans cover not only mental health but also smoking cessation programs, weight loss programs and electric scooters for the infirm. The problem is, all this will increase the cost of these plans. If business and government are already crying over the costs, I can see where this will only encourage more companies to drop paid health care benefits - whether the employee cares about having mental health coverage or not.
jvillepete

Trail, OR

#5 Jan 4, 2007
our gov. has been for years trying to help us poor folks. but he does not deliver. he was voted in again why. he won't listen, or he doesn't care. widen want's better health care. that was last year or 2 weeks ago. they will do nothing and nothing. why try.. jackson county needs more help with mental health. no one down here has a medical insurance plan and this is sad state of affairs down here. dental is even worse. eat and have heat and pray your kids do not have to go to the hospital. this sucks.. thanks ted
jvillepete

Trail, OR

#6 Jan 4, 2007
well it was a great Idea to take the stuff off the market and probably stopped the local from making meth. but this still did not stop the super labs in mexico or another illegal way to ship this shit to oregon. so please do not thank ted. tell our border guards and immigration to stop this. please do not give our gov any credit when he damn well knows were this comes from..

Since: Dec 06

Portland, OR

#7 Jan 5, 2007
good points!! i agree :)
OCC wrote:
<quoted text>
Well, when every time you open a newspaper, everyone from business to government is decrying the high cost of benefits, it doesn't seem to make too much sense to then mandate a requirement that will only drive costs up.
It would be great to have all plans cover not only mental health but also smoking cessation programs, weight loss programs and electric scooters for the infirm. The problem is, all this will increase the cost of these plans. If business and government are already crying over the costs, I can see where this will only encourage more companies to drop paid health care benefits - whether the employee cares about having mental health coverage or not.

Since: Dec 06

Portland, OR

#8 Jan 5, 2007
true, but baby steps first...making access to pseudophedrine a little more difficult might make a dent and we have to go from there...there is no quick fix....
jvillepete wrote:
well it was a great Idea to take the stuff off the market and probably stopped the local from making meth. but this still did not stop the super labs in mexico or another illegal way to ship this shit to oregon. so please do not thank ted. tell our border guards and immigration to stop this. please do not give our gov any credit when he damn well knows were this comes from..

Since: Dec 06

Portland, OR

#9 Jan 5, 2007
is jackson a proactive community? i mean, getting involved legislatively, making calls, writing your delegates, etc? not to suggest that the people are at fault but the squeeky wheel my get some grease...
jvillepete wrote:
our gov. has been for years trying to help us poor folks. but he does not deliver. he was voted in again why. he won't listen, or he doesn't care. widen want's better health care. that was last year or 2 weeks ago. they will do nothing and nothing. why try.. jackson county needs more help with mental health. no one down here has a medical insurance plan and this is sad state of affairs down here. dental is even worse. eat and have heat and pray your kids do not have to go to the hospital. this sucks.. thanks ted
OCC

Portland, OR

#10 Jan 5, 2007
laughinglady wrote:
true, but baby steps first...making access to pseudophedrine a little more difficult might make a dent and we have to go from there...there is no quick fix....<quoted text>
Well, it kept a lot of people from blowing up their neighbor's houses, but hasn't really slowed the accessibility of Meth itself. The main effect of requiring a script is to keep people from buying a shopping cart full of the stuff at one time. There must be ways to do this that doesn't require uninsured poor folks to pay a doctor for a visit to get a script when they have a runny nose.

Since: Dec 06

Portland, OR

#11 Jan 5, 2007
keeping homes from blowing up sounds like a small step in the right direction...there are other over the counter medications that will do the same thing for runny noses, etc. such as benadryl...meth is a voracious beast and it is going to take ongoing and longterm persistence to stop it, and stopping it completely seems unlikely....
OCC wrote:
<quoted text>
Well, it kept a lot of people from blowing up their neighbor's houses, but hasn't really slowed the accessibility of Meth itself. The main effect of requiring a script is to keep people from buying a shopping cart full of the stuff at one time. There must be ways to do this that doesn't require uninsured poor folks to pay a doctor for a visit to get a script when they have a runny nose.
jvillepete

Eagle Point, OR

#12 Jan 8, 2007
laughinglady wrote:
is jackson a proactive community? i mean, getting involved legislatively, making calls, writing your delegates, etc? not to suggest that the people are at fault but the squeeky wheel my get some grease...<quoted text>
southern oregon does try, but how many trips and promises to our seniors down here to help people. our state in in trouble.

“Former politician/burea ucrat”

Since: Jan 07

GP via Salem Via PDX via L.A.

#13 Jan 19, 2007
IMO, the problem is that medical care in our country, unlike the rest of the world, is treated as a commodity. The U.S. and state governmetns have failed in one of their basic responsibilities: The ability to make secure its citizenry. I actually had a physician tell me that it would be cheaper to fly to Mexico and back to get Advair for my athsma than get it here. The cost given to me: $310 per disk.
Kim

Portland, OR

#14 Jan 22, 2007
Just remember that good outpatient mental health care averts EXPENSIVE inpatient care.
Ben Brown

Grants Pass, OR

#15 Jan 30, 2007
This pro-pharma legislation only adds to the morass of the U.S. health care system. America is being choked to death with Health care. 15% of our GDP amounting to $6000 per person goes towards HC. With this their simply rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic and hospitals are shrines to the diseases they create. Then again, with the impending epidemic of autism (already in motion), Alzeheimers and schizophrenia imprisoning 10's of millions in their own brains it just might ne necessary.
jvilllepete

Eagle Point, OR

#16 Jan 31, 2007
Kim wrote:
Just remember that good outpatient mental health care averts EXPENSIVE inpatient care.
good point........

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