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Equal coverage for mental and medical health remains an issue, studies show
Equal coverage for mental and medical health remains an issue, studies show

After overdosing 19 times, William Head Williams was finally ready to enter a detoxification program for his heroin addiction. But he was turned away from a New York hospital after his insurer deemed his admission not medically necessary, said his father, Bill Williams, who drove him there Oct. 16, 2012. "They rejected him in about 20 minutes," Bill Williams said. Two hours later, his son overdosed in a coffee shop and again a few days later, his parents said. After about six weeks in a coma, the troubled but once-promising 23-year-old stock trader died. His parents believe he would have been admitted without "prior authorization" if he had been bleeding to death. ...

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