From the July 1973 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

Progress--With a Hitch

A law in the state of Wisconsin requires all group health-insurance policies to cover treatment for alcoholism, regardless of where the insurance company is located. Wisconsin is the first state to pass such a law. Health professionals are welcoming it, as they feel it removes a stumbling block--namely, cost--which has been keeping some alcoholics from seeking or accepting treatment for their illness.

James S. Ray, consultant, Special Health Services, at Employers Insurance of Wausau, said, "Mere enactment of this law will probably not bring about radical changes in the masquerading diagnosis procedures. Undoubtedly, many patients will continue to be classified under 'gastritis' or other similar labels, through either a lack of awareness or a sincere desire on the part of the attending physician to protect the good name of the patient and his family.

-- Labor-Management Alcoholism Newslet

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