On Monday, a state Senate committee adopted a version of a comprehensive package to improve Georgia’s failing mental health system.
As per US News, HB 1013 aims to ensure that insurers cover mental health issues at the same level as physical illnesses. People who work in mental health would also be eligible for forgiven loans. Earlier this month, the state House of Representatives passed it almost overwhelmingly.
The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions adopted revisions to a section to ensure that insurers provide the same benefits for depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders as they do for other physical problems on Monday.
The committee’s version modified a section meant to force people into therapy. If the Senate approves the amendments, they will be considered by the state House.
After passing the state House, the bill drew strong resistance. Some detractors said it would jeopardize Second Amendment rights and hike insurance prices.