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California Faces Uphill Battle To Improve Mental Health Care05:17
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Psychologist Melinda Ginne says she sent countless emails to her managers at Kaiser Oakland about patient scheduling that went unanswered. (Heidi de Marco/KHN)
Psychologist Melinda Ginne says she sent countless emails to her managers at Kaiser Oakland about patient scheduling that went unanswered. (Heidi de Marco/KHN)
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The federal government has been lax in enforcing a 2008 law that requires insurers to treat mental illnesses just as they would treat any other illness. California has taken perhaps the most proactive stance in the nation in enforcing laws to ensure people with mental illnesses have fair and timely access to care. But the state has found it difficult to enforce the rules and gain the cooperation of insurers, as Jenny Gold of Kaiser Health News reports.

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This segment aired on September 11, 2015.

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