CMS Proposes Mental Health "Parity" for Medicaid, CHIP

The proposed mental health parity rule will strengthen access to mental health and substance use disorder benefits for low-income Americans.

CMS announced a proposed rule to align mental health and substance use disorder benefits for low-income Americans with benefits required of private health plans and insurance. The proposal applies certain provisions of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 to Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The act ensures that mental health and substance use disorder benefits are no more restrictive than medical and surgical services.

“Improving quality and access to care impacts the health of our nation. Whether private insurance, Medicaid, or CHIP, all Americans deserve access to quality mental health services and substance use disorder services,” said Vikki Wachino, acting director, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services.

Read more at CMS: http://go.cms.gov/1NR7BXL