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Lost in the Shuffle: How Health and Disability Laws Hurt Disordered Gamblers [NCRG Webinar]

by: NCRG Staff | Aug 18, 2014

Aug. 21, 2-3 p.m. ET | Click here to register

The field of gambling disorder has seen many changes over the past year, many of which are due to the American Psychiatric Association’s fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and the Affordable Care Act. Many private health insurance policies and plans exclude treatments for gambling disorder from insurance coverage. However, healthcare providers specializing in disordered gambling have hoped that the Affordable Care Act and the strengthening of the federal mental health parity law would address this shortcoming. But is this the case?

UNLV law professor and leading expert Stacey Tovino. J.D., M.P.H., has meticulously researched this question and found that disordered gamblers seeking treatment and services continue to be excluded from health and disability coverage in some states and in some health plan contexts.

Register for the last session of the free 2014 NCRG Webinar Series on Aug. 21 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. ET. Dr. Tovino will discuss her ground-breaking research, using case studies, and offer potential remedies for ensuring that individuals with gambling disorder have the same legal protections as individuals with other addictive disorders. Attendees will receive 1.5 CE hours from approved institutions.

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I’d just like to say that we

I’d just like to say that we do NOT support the exclusion of gambling addiction from health care policies.  Gambling addiction is a mental disorder and should be treated as a serious mental condition that can require professional assistance to cure.

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