Inter-Agency Strategies Used by State Mental Health Agencies to Assist with Federal Behavioral Health Parity Implementation
Health insurance plans in the United States (US) have historically imposed restrictions on the utilization of behavioral health services that are more restrictive than those for medical/surgical benefits (e.g., fewer covered behavioral health visits, higher deductibles, and higher copays for behavioral health services).1–3 These disparities in insurance coverage have placed a disproportionate financial burden on people with behavioral health conditions and have been a barrier to accessing behavioral health services.4 The Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA; Pub. Law: 110–343) was enacted to address this issue.
Recognized as one of the most important behavioral health laws in the US,1,2,5 MHPAEA prohibits health insurance plans that offer behavioral health benefits from imposing restrictions on the utilization of behavioral health services that are more restrictive than those for medical surgical/benefits.1,6...
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