Fierce Healthcare January 25, 2022
Many insurers are falling short on mental health parity, according to a new federal report.
Mental health parity laws require that insurers cannot impose financial requirements or treatment limitations on mental health care that exceed those on physical care services. The report, issued by the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS) and Treasury to Congress, found many insurers are failing in this regard.
For example, the analysis found one payer covered nutrition services for people who have diabetes but not mental health conditions such as anorexia, bulimia or binge eating disorder.
“Access to mental and behavioral health support is critical as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact so many lives across the country,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra...