o you have Insurance Questions about Mental Health or Addiction Services? Before leaving office, President Obama quickly moved to ensure that health coverage for mental health and substance use disorder services is comparable to – or at parity with – general medical care. By strengthening the assurance of parity, more Americans will have access to the mental health and substance use services they need. On January 17, 2017, the members of the Federal Parity Task Force issued recommendations to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration on the following three issues:
- SAMHSA unveiled an improved version of the one-stop Mental Health and Drug Addiction Insurance Consumer Portal. This website provides the phone numbers, websites, or email addresses to answer questions about how Parity laws require most health plans to apply similar rules to mental health benefits as they do for medical/surgical benefits. These contacts can answer questions about ways the Parity laws can protect you with respect to mental health or addiction benefits for you or your family.
- Sharing public comments on health plan disclosure requirements. The Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury recently solicited public comments about how to improve guidance on disclosure requirements. The comments are posted on the DOL website.
- Giving states the information and tools they need to implement parity. Two policy academies will be held by summer 2017, sponsored by the HHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The policy academies will bring together teams of state officials to advance parity monitoring and compliance enforcement in the commercial sector and support parity.
For more information, please see this link: https://blog.samhsa.gov/2017/01/17/mental-health-and-substance-use-disorder-parity-promises-kept/#.WIDR7MLrt9B