Policy Updates - Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act

( Nov 08, 2013)

On November 8, 2013, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury issued the final rule on the 2008 Federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA).  This bill, also known as the Wellstone-Domenici Parity Act, was a bi-partisan law that guarantees that virtually all insured individuals receive behavioral health benefits on par with physical health benefits.  This prevents separate deductibles, lifetime limits, or co-pays for behavioral health.  The ruling also provides behavioral health benefits to over 60 million Americans.  This is expected to both increase access to mental health and substance use disorder services and reduce overall health care costs.  The reduction of overall health costs comes from the fact that untreated behavioral health issues often prevents effective treatment of physical ailments.

To learn more view the MHPAEA Factsheet.