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.

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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.

This infographic was reprinted from AIS Health’s weekly publication Health Plan Weekly.

Jinghong Chen

Jinghong Chen Reporter

Jinghong produces infographics and data stories on health insurance and specialty pharmacy for AIS Health. She graduated from Missouri School of Journalism with a focus on data journalism and international reporting. Before joining AIS in 2018, she worked at WBEZ, Al Jazeera English and The New York Times Chinese.

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