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Parity

What You Need to Know About Insurance Parity

Share Your Story

Share your personal experiences with parity implementation. What positive experiences have you had? Are you having a negative experience with the new law? NAMI needs to hear from you.

This information is critical to informing policymakers in the U.S. Congress and the Obama Administration on additional steps that may need to be taken to strengthen the law and ensure adequate enforcement. In addition, it is critical for NAMI to demonstrate to the larger public that parity is making a real difference in improving coverage of mental illness treatment and expanding access to critical medical services for children and adults living with mental illness.

Share your story in the parity discussion group.

Introduction to Paul Wellstone & Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA)

This overview of the document below is an introduction to the MHPAEA and its implementation.

Frequently Asked Questions About Parity from the Parity Implementation Coalition (pdf)

This document addresses questions like medications for psychiatric and substance abuse conditions, Medicaid managed care plans and coverage for specific treatments or levels of care.

FAQ About Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act from United States Department of Labors

Visit the FAQ section of this site for comprehensive coverage of such areas as COBRA benefits, pensions and retirement and reporting forms.

Resources from Mental Health Parity Watch

Visit this site for email and phone contact information and resources that answer the following questions:

  • what the federal law covers; 
  • how a state's law works with the federal parity act
  • where to file a complaint;
  • what's involved in filing an insurance claim with your health plan when benefits have been denied;
  • when an external review is warranted and
  • what it means to file an ERISA claim. 

About Parity

Parity Frequently Asked Questions
What is insurance parity and what does it mean for you?

Federal Parity for Mental Illness and Addiction
Learn more about the federal parity law that goes into effect in October 2009.

NAMI Presentation: What is Mental Health Parity?
A Powerpoint presentation outlining the specifics of this law. January 2010.


Top Story

New GAO Report on Federal Parity Law
On Nov. 30, 2011, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released the first of two reports mandated by Congress on the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA). Read further for details.

Parity Toolkit for Addiction & Mental Health Consumers, Providers & Advocates
Read the Parity Implementation Coalition's strategies for winning disputes with your health plan.


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Understanding the Issue:

Parity Toolkit for Addiction & Mental Health Consumers, Providers & Advocates
10/04/2010
Read the Parity Implementation Coalition's strategies for winning disputes with your health plan.

Parity Help
8/09/2010
Get practical information on insurance coverage for mental health and how health care reform may affect you.

Submit Your Comments on the Mental Health Parity Regulations
4/28/2010
The Interim Final Regulations (IFR) implementing the 2008 Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act were published in February of 2010 and the comment period on the regulations expires at 11:59 pm eastern on Monday, May 3rd.

Update: Interim Final Rules Issued on Parity Law
2/02/2010
On February 2, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Education, Labor and Treasury released interim final rules implementing the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008.

Kennedy Letter of Support for Parity Regulations
9/23/2009
Read the letter of support the Rep. Patrick Kennedy and many other House colleagues have circulated urging the Secretaries of the Treasury, Labor and Health and Human Services to issue regulations in compliance with the 2008 parity bill.

Interim Final Rules Issued on Parity Law
5/28/2009
The Departments of Health and Human Services, Education, Labor and Treasury released interim final rules providing guidance on the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008.


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NAMI's Position on the Issue:

NAMI's Position on Parity
(Summarized from the NAMI Policy Platform)



Take Action!

The Implementation of Mental Health Parity—Has it made a difference?
For many group health plans, the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act went into effect on January 1, 2010. Individuals and families are strongly encouraged to share their personal experiences with parity implementation – both positive and negative.

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