Even though more than one-in-four Americans have received treatment or therapy from a mental health professional, few people know that health insurers are required to provide coverage for mental health, behavioral health and substance-use disorders that is comparable to coverage for physical health.

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act was passed in 2008, but only 4% of Americans say they are aware of the law, according to a survey released this week by the American Psychological Association. Awareness of the law has not increased since APA last surveyed on this issue in 2010.

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