Texas health professionals are calling for health care providers to cut mental health costs by eliminating mental health services, including prescription drug coverage.
In a letter to the Texas Medical Association, Texas Health Resources, a major employer in the Lone Star State, said it would slash mental health benefits for workers, as well as health insurance for doctors and other medical professionals.
The letter said the state’s mental health budget is projected to increase by about $2 billion over the next three years, “resulting in a $1.6 billion reduction in mental health care spending by the end of 2019.”
In the letter, Texas HEAs says it will also reduce the number of workers with mental health insurance, as a result of the proposed cuts.
“It is our goal to maintain a level playing field in the marketplace for workers and to provide mental health workers the support they need to continue their care,” HEAs said.
In October, the American Academy of Pediatrics published a report that found mental health is a “major factor in the decline in physical and mental health in the U.S.”
The academy cited a study conducted by the University of Texas Health Science Center that found that while mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, had declined, the number one reason for declines was a lack of access to mental health resources.