Parity for Fed Workers Achieved Aims: Study

(Medscape, 02.04.11) -- Parity in insurance coverage for substance use treatment for federal workers has not resulted in an increase in insurance costs or an increase in use of treatment, a new study reports. The research, reported in the journal Psychiatric Services, may help rebut fears that the 2008 federal law would increase insurance costs. The findings are based on a review of insurance plans for federal workers (which have provided parity since 2001) and compared costs and usage two years before parity was implemented and two years after. It found that beneficiaries’ out-of-pocket spending for substance use services was significantly reduced after parity, but the amount that federal plans spent per user to provide these services did not significantly increase. Full article at