Manatt Health January 26, 2022
On Tuesday, the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health & Human Services, and the Treasury (the Departments) issued their joint report to Congress on the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA). The Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) amended MHPAEA in 2021, and this report—the first since the CAA was enacted—confirms that increased agency enforcement actions and investigations against health plans, plan sponsors and issuers are on the way in 2022. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh told reporters that the Departments plan to use “every tool that we have … to enforce and push this law forward.”1
The Departments Found No Plan Was Ready to Meet New Compliance Challenges
MHPAEA requires issuers and group health plans offering mental health/substance use disorder coverage to...