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Mental Health Parity: Ending Discrimination in Health Insurance Coverage
May 27 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am
Data show mental health and addiction challenges escalated sharply during the pandemic. Now, more than ever, our health care system must be prepared to fully reimburse providers for the preventive, diagnostic, and treatment services people need.
Stronger enforcement of the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, which requires insurers to cover treatment for mental health and substance use disorders no more restrictively than treatment for illnesses of the body, such as diabetes and cancer, will be essential. As indicated by two recent reports by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), large disparities in insurers’ medical necessity determinations and other limitations on treatment often prevent individuals from getting help. Given the U.S. Department of Labor’s role overseeing self-funded health plans, which the majority of Americans with commercial, employee-sponsored health coverage have, our new Secretary of Labor is in a unique position to finally hold insurers accountable for parity. What changes might be on the horizon?
Join The Kennedy Forum’s latest webinar to hear directly from U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh and other panelists including former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, lead author of the Federal Parity Act.