Mental Health Parity
For the latest advocacy and policy news on Mental Health Parity, visit Behavioral Health advocacy resources.
CMCS Technical Assistance Resource mailbox for Parity Final Rule (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org), Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, July 2016
Health Insurance for Addiction and Mental Health Care: A Guide to the Federal Parity Law, Legal Action Center, June 2016
Miller, B.F., Nowels, M.A., vanderWielen, L.M., and others. (2016). Mental health parity’s limited impact on utilization and access for health plan beneficiaries, Issue Brief [Health Care Cost Institute].
Parity Efforts Reviewed in Four States: The Parity Implementation Coalition has issued a fact sheet on parity implementation efforts underway in the state of Washington. The report is one of a series looking at “promising practices in state implementation of The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) and parity in the Affordable Care Act.” Snapshots from Connecticut, New York, and California are also available.
Parity Report from DOL: The Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued a report to Congress, “Improving Health Coverage for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Patients: Including Compliance with the Federal Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Provisions”. According to the report, some of the most common types of violations include imposing broad preauthorization requirements only on mental health or substance use disorder benefits, imposing more restrictive visit limits on mental health/substance use disorder benefits, and requiring written treatment plans to access care (only) for mental health services. A separate consumer pamphlet on MHPAEA was released by the DOL and DHHS.
Parity Implementation Coalition (PIC), which AHA supports, issued a news release applauding “two recent developments that provide important new tools to assist plan participants with receiving addiction and mental health benefits as guaranteed under the [federal] parity law.”
A new policy brief from Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation looks at the issue of enforcing mental health parity five years after the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) took effect. It significantly updates the previous health policy brief on mental health parity, released on April 3, 2014. That brief examined the evolution of the Mental Health Parity Act (MHPA) and changes in mental health parity brought about by the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This brief focuses on how MHPAEA is being enforced, a process that has not always been consistent.
ParityTrack.org - aims to be the central site for mental health and substance use disorder parity information for multiple audiences. The project examines the current state of parity implementation across the country through the Parity Reports, which analyze legislation, regulatory actions, and litigation at the federal and state levels. It also offers a comprehensive report on federal activity.
Mental Health Parity Consumer Tools – American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Mental Health Parity Tools from the American Psychological Association
2015 Employers Guide for Compliance with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act – American Psychiatric Association
AHA Regulatory Advisory: Final Rule on Mental Health Parity (December 11, 2013)
- AHA Advisory on MHPAEA Interim Final Rule, April 21, 2010
- AHA Comment Letter on MHPAEA Interim Final Rule, April 28, 2010
- AHA Conference Call: Mental Health Parity: Interim Final Rule
Parity Implementation Coalition – Understanding the Law
U.S. Department of Labor – Parity Guidance & FAQs