In April, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a proposed rule to implement the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act for Medicaid Managed Care, CHIP, and Alternative Benefits Plans (MHPAEA). MHPAEA requires that many health plans that include coverage for substance use disorder or mental health treatment must provide that coverage so that it is equivalent to coverage of analogous medical and surgical treatments. Strong provisions in the rule include those that apply much of the final parity rule for commercial insurance to Medicaid, expressly extend parity protections to people enrolled in managed care plans that carve out coverage for addiction and mental health treatment, and authorize states to include funding in their state plans to come into compliance with parity that is not subject to state plan limits.
In order to help strengthen the final rule, the Coalition for Whole Health has drafted comments to submit to HHS in response to the proposed rule applying parity. If you represent an organization that would like to be added to the list of signatories on the Coalition for Whole Health’s comments, please email Sherie Boyd at [email protected] by 2 pm tomorrow, June 9 with your organization’s name as it should appear on the comments.
Also feel free to use the Coalition’s comments as a template to submit your own comments to HHS. Comments are due to HHS by 5 pm tomorrow, June 9.