A recent survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) found that nearly half (43%) of insured adults who rated their mental health as “fair” or “poor” were unable to receive necessary mental health services or medication in the past year. Amid a shortage of mental health professionals, many patients are struggling to find mental health care services. Insurance issues, such as lack of coverage and availability, may exacerbate the problem, KFF found.
One in 5 survey respondents with “fair” or “poor” mental health said there was a time in the past year when their insurance didn’t cover a therapist or mental health treatment. Additionally, a large percentage of insured adults with “fair” or “poor” mental health gave their insurance plan negative ratings for the availability (45%) and the quality (37%) of mental health therapists under their plan.
Barriers to Care
- Too busy or couldn’t get time off from work or school (47%)
- Couldn’t find a trusted provider (44%)
- Couldn’t afford the cost (44%)
- Couldn’t find a provider that was easy to get to for in-person visits (42%)
- Insurance wouldn’t cover it (37%)
- Didn’t know how to find care (36%)
- Afraid or embarrassed to seek care (33%)
For a copy of this notice, click here: Insured Adults Struggle to Access Mental Health Care