(Employer Guide for Compliance with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act)
The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 requires group health plans that cover more than 50 employees and offers mental health and/or substance use disorders coverage to have parity between mental health and substance us disorder benefits and medical/surgical benefits with respect to financial requirements and treatment limitations.
The law and its implementing regulations, an Interim Final Rule, are very detailed and contain many complex concepts that can be confusing and can make compliance a difficult and time-consuming task. The guide is designed to help employers assure compliance by their health plan vendors with the requirements of the historic mental health parity law, estimated to affect 113 million people, including 82 million enrolled in self-insured plans.
The Employer Guide for Compliance with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act is available here.