|Understanding the Issue:
Parity Toolkit for Addiction & Mental Health Consumers, Providers & Advocates
Read the Parity Implementation Coalition's strategies for winning disputes with your health plan.
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
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
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
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
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.
NAMI Comments on the "Request for Information" on upcoming regulations implementing the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008
Read NAMI's comments on the regulations designed to implement the new insurance parity law.
Victory on Parity!
By a vote of 263-171, the House this afternoon gave final approval to the Paul Wellstone-Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 as part of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act (HR 1424). President Bush is expected to sign the legislation late today or early tomorrow.
Mental Health Insurance Coverage: A Guide to State Parity Law
This guide to state mental health parity laws includes an overview, a description of the components of parity legislation, and sample language from state statutes.
State Mental Health Parity Laws
This state-by-state guide offers a summary of the type and scope of each state's parity law. Also includes links to statutes where available.
NAMI Applauds Bipartisan Mental Illness Insurance Parity Bill
NAMI is proud to support the Mental Health Parity Act of 2007 and the unprecedented bipartisan agreement achieved by Senators Pete Domenici, Ted Kennedy and Mike Enzi.
New Study Demonstrates Mental Illness Insurance Parity is Affordable
A long awaited study of implementation of parity in the federal employees health benefits program (FEHBP) found that the added use and costs of services were minimal, when compared with the experience of plans with less generous benefits.
State Legislative Efforts
FEHBP (Federal Employees Health Benefits Program)
Brief description of this program
Senator Paul Wellstone Mental Health Equitable Treatment Act of 2003 (S. 486)