Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA)

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The Mental Health Parity & Addition Equity Act

  • MHPAEA of 2008
  • Department of Labor Fact Sheet on MHPAEA
  • Department of Labor FAQs about MHPAEA
  • CMS guidance and resources on MHPAEA
  • On June 21, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued its opinion dismissing a lawsuit filed by the Coalition for Parity, Inc., regarding regulationsimplementing the federal mental health and substance use parity law.  The managed care companies in the coalition filing the lawsuit (including Magellan and ValueOptions) argued that the government did not follow its own rules (known as the Administrative Procedure Act) in issuing the interim final parity regulations. The court did not agree, and dismissed the case.  Although this does not guarantee that the managed care companies will not bring further litigation, the decision signals that the regulations will go into effect as planned for health plan years beginning on or after July 1, 2010.

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