Monday, September 5, 2005
As the White House develops a political strategy to blame the terrible conditions on Louisiana, the spokesman for the New Orleans Police Department, Sgt. Paul Accardo, 38, who has been quoted all week in media reports about the disaster, has committed suicide.
There are going to be more than that, in addition to post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, panic attacks, etc. among evacuees and emergency personnel. This is why changes need to be made by health insurance companies. Most of the time, they'll pay 80% of medical costs for physical problems, but 0 to 50% for mental disorders. I sent an email to NAMI to see if they can bring this to people's attention since they have been fighting for mental health parity. I encourage anyone reading this to send an email also. Go here to do so: http://www.nami.org/template.cfm?section=contact_us&template=/CustomSource/contact/contactEmail.cfm