When Keeping A Secret Trumps The Need For Care

Will adult children seek care if their parents can find out about it?i

Will adult children seek care if their parents can find out about it?

Maria Fabrizio for NPR


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Maria Fabrizio for NPR

Will adult children seek care if their parents can find out about it?

Will adult children seek care if their parents can find out about it?

Maria Fabrizio for NPR

Dana Lam was insured under her parent’s health plan until the end of 2014, thanks to a provision of the Affordable Care Act that allows young adults to stay on family health insurance until they turn 26.

The arrangement worked out well until she needed treatment for depression. Lam knew that if she used her parents’ health plan to see a psychotherapist or psychiatrist, her visit would show up on their insurance statements.

She wasn’t ready to talk to them about her mental health issues. “I was just so afraid of having that conversation with them,” she says.

She was able to use her school’s free counseling services instead, but there was a catch. “Medication is really what I needed,” Lam

Article source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2015/04/15/399573934/when-keeping-a-secret-trumps-the-need-for-care?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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