Private health insurance coverage for substance abuse and mental health services, 1995 to 1998.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Multicenter Study)

Four years of data from the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse were combined to examine the characteristics of underinsurance in a sample of privately insured Americans aged 18 to 64. Among these adults, 38 percent (45 million) reported not having behavioral health coverage or not knowing their coverage. Young adults aged 18 to 25, Hispanics, Asians, adults in the lowest income level, and less educated adults were more likely to be underinsured. Untreated addictive and psychiatric problems are costly to society. Underinsurance among socially disadvantaged subgroups deserves greater attention from researchers and policy makers.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wu, L-T; Schlenger, WE

Published Date

  • February 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 55 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 180 - 182

PubMed ID

  • 14762244

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC1283118

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1075-2730

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1176/


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States