Mental Health Parity Information

by  Instacode Institute
April 5th, 2016

Historically, coverage of behavioral health services were very limited. If you were fortunate enough to have coverage for these types of services, they were generally paid at a lower rate than other medical benefits in your plan. Over the last decade, this disparity in coverage has changed - driven by legislative efforts. This began at the state level and over the last couple of years it has also expanded to the federal as well.

Providers need to understand that even though there are now federal laws, state laws are often different. It is important to ascertain patient coverage before treatment begins. See "Chapter 1.1 – Understanding Insurance Reimbursement" of the Behavioral Health DeskBook for a more thorough discussion about verifying coverage and different types of insurance plans.

There are 49 states and the district of Columbia which have their own mental health parity laws. Be aware of any special requirements for your state. Use the "50-State Table of Essential Health Benefits Benchmarks" tool to find out what is happening in your state.

Here are some federal laws which address mental health services:



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