Tag Archives: Mental Health Parity

DOL Gives a Peek at Non-quantitative Treatment Limitations

While on this day, most people focus on the heart, we’re going to spend a little time focusing on the head.  Under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA), health plans generally cannot impose more stringent “non-quantitative” treatment […]

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Tobacco, Heroin, and Mental Health (Treatment, That Is)

In the latest round of ACA and Mental Health Parity FAQs (part 34, if you’re counting at home), the triumvirate agencies addressed tobacco cessation, medication assisted treatment for heroin (like methadone maintenance), and other mental health parity issues. Big Tobacco.  […]

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New ACA, et. al. FAQs Cover Items From “Top” to “Bottom”

On April 20, the “Big Three” agencies (DOL, Treasury/IRS, and HHS) released another set of FAQs (the 31st, for those of you counting at home). Consistent with earlier FAQs, the new FAQs cover a broad range of items under the […]

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Scratch & Sniff the New Health Plan FAQs

Last month the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Treasury published FAQs offering a veritable potpourri of guidance addressing preventive services, wellness programs and mental health parity.  Some potpourris offer a pleasing aroma – other not so […]

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Autism Spectrum Disorder and ABA Treatment – New Legal Theories Facing Self-Insured Plans?

Federal law governing mental health benefits is giving rise to a new wave of lawsuits against self-insured ERISA welfare benefit plans.  Plan sponsors should carefully consider their current scope of coverage to avoid litigation risk and ensure fair benefits for […]

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Mental Health Parity Update – Final Regulations Incorporate Prior FAQS and Make Other Changes

More than five years after the initial adopting legislation was passed into law, the Departments of Treasury, Labor and Health and Human Services jointly issued final regulations implementing the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA), as […]

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Health Reform FAQs Part XII on Cost-Sharing Limits

The Department of Treasury/IRS, Department of Labor, and the Department of Health and Human Services (the “Departments”) recently issued its twelfth set of Frequently Asked Questions. As Kevin Knopf, Special Counsel at the U.S. Treasury Department, once observed, the FAQs […]

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Newtown & Mental Health Parity

Last week, the White House released its plan for legal actions it will recommend to try and ensure that a tragedy like the one in Newtown does not recur (although the video from President Obama’s weekly address on this issue […]

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