In 2008, Congress passed, and then-President George W. Bush signed a bill requiring health insurance companies to cover mental health the same as any other health problems. Thirteen years after the measure became law, Missouri is the only state not yet enforcing that law. State Senator Greg Razer says the Legislature passed two bills this year with a provision that would improve access to those services. They would ban insurance companies from using loopholes to avoid paying for mental health services or make it difficult for customers to get the help they need.
The legislation awaits a decision by Governor Parson.