Navigating the maze of health insurance coverage can be difficult. For individuals with addiction or mental illness, the process of getting treatment approved and paid for by health insurance can be overwhelming. As a result, many people give up when their health insurance company denies coverage for needed services. This Guide can help people learn how to access health insurance and use their coverage to pay for treatment. This Guide also provides a basic explanation of consumers’ rights under the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act.

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University of New Hampshire

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This Resource Guide was made possible by New Futures, Inc. with the generous support of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the Endowment for Health.

An accompanying video is available at http://chhs.unh.edu/ihpp/resource-guide-and-video-addiction-and-mental-health-substance-use-treatment