Behavioral Health Business January 25, 2022
Chris Larson

Three cabinet-level federal departments found that health plans are failing to ensure mental health parity in their benefit plans.

The U.S. Labor Department, Health and Human Services Department and Department of the Treasury issued a 54-page report today spelling out how group health plans or health insurance issuers have fallen short of their legal obligations to ensure that financial requirements and treatment limitations aren’t more restrictive than those that apply to medical and surgical benefits. 

The report is meant to highlight the departments’ increased vigor in enforcing mental health parity laws and rules.

Behavioral health groups have long sought for mental health parity within payers’ benefits and thought they achieved a key victory with the passage of the Mental Health...

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Topics: Govt Agencies, HHS, Insurance, Mental Health, Patient / Consumer, Provider, Survey / Study, Trends
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