Mental Health Care Access Varies Across Demographics, Insurance Coverage
One in four adults reported symptoms of anxiety and/or depression prior to the COVID-pandemic, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis of the National Health Interview Survey in 2019. While the rates of people reporting mental health symptoms across racial and ethnic groups are similar, a much larger share of Black adults with moderate to severe symptoms did not receive treatment. Meanwhile, uninsured people were significantly more likely to not receive mental health care (62%) compared to their insured counterparts (36%). Since the pandemic began, more people suffered from poor mental health, with one-third of adults reporting anxiety and/or depressive disorder in February 2022.
NOTES: Moderate symptoms of anxiety and/or depression refers to a score of 10 to 14 on the GAD-7 scale and/or PHQ-8 scale; severe symptoms refers to a score of 15 or higher.
SOURCE: “How Does Use of Mental Health Care Vary by Demographics and Health Insurance Coverage?” Kaiser Family Foundation.
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