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Mental Health Parity

Mental Health Parity is when insurance plans treat behavioral health conditions in the same way as physical health conditions. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) of 2008 required most health insurance companies to provide equal coverage for behavioral health conditions. However, there are some exceptions depending on what kind of plan it is and how many people it serves. 

Here are some resources related to Mental Health Parity. 

Mental Health Colorado Parity Webinar

Parity Compliance Toolkit - Applying Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder Parity Requirements To Medicaid & Children’s Health Insurance Programs
FAQs About Affordable Care Act Implementation Part 34 & Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder Parity Implementation
Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder Parity Compliance Assistance Materials Index
Consumer Guide To Disclosure Rights: Making The Most Of Your Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder Benefits
Fact Sheet: The Mental Health Parity And Addiction Equity Act Of 2008 (MHPAEA)
Know Your Rights: Parity For Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder Benefits
Approaches In Implementing The Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity Act: Best Practices From The States
Warning Signs: Plan Or Policy Non-Quantitative Treatment Limitations (NQTLs) That Require Additional Analysis To Determine Mental Health Parity Compliance
Parity Compliance Toolkit Applying Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder ParityRequirements to Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs
Tips for Providers on Negotiating Managed Care Contracts to Improve Access to Mental Health and Addiction Care. Note: This piece is targeted to providers and outlines language that providers should consider negotiating into their managed care contracts. This language also helps streamline the appeals process and enables providers to represent their clients in that process.