Does the Sunset of Mental Health Parity Really Matter?

  • Daniel P. Gitterman
  • Roland Sturm
  • Rosalie Liccardo Pacula
  • Richard M. Scheffler
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DOI: 10.1023/A:1011113932599

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Gitterman, D.P., Sturm, R., Pacula, R.L. et al. Adm Policy Ment Health (2001) 28: 353. doi:10.1023/A:1011113932599
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Abstract

The 1996 Mental Health Parity Act (MHPA), which became effective in January 1998, is scheduled to expire in September 2001. This article provides an overview of what the MHPA intended to do and what it actually has accomplished. We summarize state legislature actions through the end of 2000 and report on their effects on employer-sponsored mental health coverage using a national survey fielded in 1999–2000. We then discuss possible amendments to the MHPA and reforms beyond full parity that might be considered.

Congress employer-sponsored health insurance Mental Health Parity Act regulation state legislature 

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel P. Gitterman
    • 1
  • Roland Sturm
    • 2
  • Rosalie Liccardo Pacula
    • 2
  • Richard M. Scheffler
    • 3
  1. 1.The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Abernathy HallChapel Hill
  2. 2.RANDSanta Monica
  3. 3.University of CaliforniaBerkeley

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