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Fact check: Biden calling ACA 'breakthrough' for mental health parity highlights gaps

Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News on

Published in Health & Fitness


Biden told CNN that the ACA "made parity between mental health and physical health," describing that policy as a "fundamental breakthrough."

It's clear the 2010 law's parity requirements had a major impact: 62 million people gaining coverage is nothing to sneeze at.

But the ACA wasn't the first piece of legislation to take this issue on. And major issues remain when it comes to making sure insurance treats mental health needs the same way it does physical health ones.

Biden's statement is accurate, but it would benefit from additional information. We rate it Mostly True.

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(Kaiser Health News (KHN) is a national health policy news service. It is an editorially independent program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. This fact check was produced in partnership with PolitiFact.)

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