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Final Mental Health Parity Rules Issued

Magazine article HRMagazine

Final Mental Health Parity Rules Issued

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The long-awaited final rules implementing the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA), together with mental health coverage mandates taking effect under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), will result in "the largest expansion of behavioral health care in a generation," said Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as she announced the release of the final regulations on Nov. 8, 2013.

The rules were published in the Federal Register on Nov. 13, 2013, and will take effect Jan. 15, 2014. The HHS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services also issued an accompanying set of FAQs on the final rules and a summary analysis.

The MHPAEA requires group health plans to ensure that financial requirements (such as co-pays and deductibles) and treatment limitations (such as caps on doctor visits) that apply to mental health or substanceabuse benefits are no more restrictive than the limits insurance plans place on medical or surgical benefits. …

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