HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy is praising President Barack Obama’s new rule that requires insurers to cover treatment for mental health and substance abuse no differently than they do for physical illnesses.

The rule puts into effect legislation signed into law five years ago. The administration says nearly 60 percent of people with mental health conditions and nearly 90 percent with substance abuse disorders don’t receive the treatment they need.

Murphy describes the rule announced Friday as historic, saying it is a huge achievement for millions of Americans who have been unable to receive treatment due to administrative burdens and a lack of acceptance for their illness.

Murphy says the new rule confirms that mental health needs are just as significant as physical health needs.

Mental health parity also is required under the new Affordable Care Act.

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