Cultural attitudes toward mental health are shifting. The stigma is starting to dissolve, and with that, more Americans are seeking treatment for illnesses such as depression and addiction.
But for many, what follows is a long and arduous battle with their insurance company for treatment coverage. The Kennedy Forum helps consumers fight back. Founded in 2013 by Patrick J. Kennedy, the non-profit focuses on a singular purpose: working toward lasting change in the way behavioral health services are treated in the U.S. healthcare system.
The Kennedy Forum came to Remedy for help with a central challenge: while most health plans cover mental health and addiction treatment, many patients are denied coverage by their insurance companies. A national educational program was needed to inform consumers of their legal rights.
To kick off the project, Remedy hosted a daylong Strategy Summit with Kennedy Forum staff, mental health and addiction providers, and national thought leaders in the space. Our goal was to unpack the complex backdrop of cultural, legal, and psychological issues associated with mental health and addiction treatment, and identify support points for the campaign’s empowering declaration: “Don’t deny me.”