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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.

FAQ on Parity Implementation
The Parity Implementation Coalition has developed a Frequently Asked Questions document in response to questions by consumers and providers regarding coverage and reimbursement of addiction and mental health services.

Parity Implementation Coalition
Visit the Parity Implementation Coalition's website to learn more about: * 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.

Protect the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act
Health insurance companies are claiming that they need to treat mental health conditions differently than other medical conditions. This is discriminatory and outdated thinking. Read the Honorable Paul Tonko's counter to arguments made by health insurance companies.

Interim Final Rules Issued on Parity Law
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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