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). The next report is due by Oct. 2013. This report was mandated in the MHPAEA in order to provide a complete analysis of trends in coverage or exclusions as originally requested by Congress. Initial review of the report indicates that it falls short on documenting the rise in treatment limitations or non-quantitative treatment limits (NQTLs) that have been growing as group health plans have moved into compliance with the law.
Among the highlights in the report:
You can view the GAO report at:
Additional background information on implementation of the federal parity law and guidance to help ensure that your group health plan is in compliance with the MHPAEA (including materials on how to file a complaint) is available at the Parity Implementation Coalition website at: www.mentalhealthparitywatch.org/Pages/mentalhealthparity.aspx
Posted: Dec. 1, 2011
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