Healthcare DIVE January 25, 2022
Rebecca Pifer

Though progress has been made, compliance with parity laws is still patchwork in the U.S., even as COVID-19 continues to throw disparities in health access into sharp relief.

Health insurers are failing to deliver parity in mental health and substance use disorder benefits for their members, despite laws on the books designated to ensure equal coverage, according to a new report issued by HHS and the Labor and Treasury departments on Tuesday.

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA) requires that the financial requirements and treatment limitations, such as copayments or prior authorization requirements, that payers impose on mental health or substance use disorder benefits can’t be more restrictive than those on all other medical or surgical benefits....

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