The Mental Health Parity Proposed Rule For Medicaid Managed Care

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 is viewed as a landmark step in improving patients' access to mental health services. But the rollout has been slow.

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 is viewed as a landmark step in improving patients’ access to mental health services. The effort was bolstered in 2010 by the Affordable Care Act. The bottom line: Individual and group insurance plans that choose to offer mental health coverage now must do so at a level equal to that of medical coverage.

But the rollout has been slow. Federal officials didn’t release final rules for employer-based plans and policies offered on the health law’s Marketplaces until November 2013. And how the law will affect Medicaid managed care plans that include both medical and mental health benefits is still unclear. Proposed regulations for those plans are being finalized by federal officials and expected to be released sometime this year.

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Source: Kaiser Health News