Accessing Insurance Coverage for Substance Use & Mental Health Treatment: The Federal Parity Law

Tuesday, Mar 05, 2019
Time: 11:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Historically, it has often been very difficult for patients to get health insurance coverage for their mental health and/or addiction treatment – a problem that can have particularly harsh consequences for HIV-positive individuals.  A 2008 federal law (the Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity Act, also known as the federal parity law) required, for the first time, that health insurers that cover mental health and addiction benefits do so equally with other medical and surgical benefits. The federal parity law was expanded in 2010 by the Affordable Care Act, and subsequent regulations clarified many of the law’s requirements.

This 2-hour training will provide an overview of the federal parity law and how individuals and providers can take advantage of their rights under the law.  By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • State the major requirements of the federal parity law,
  • List which types of insurers must comply with the federal parity law;
  • Identify common insurance practices that violate the federal parity law;
  • Describe how individuals and providers can enforce their rights under this law.

Audience: NYS health and social service providers, attorneys and others who work with people affected by mental health or substance use disorders.

Location: This is an online training.  To register, click here.

For a related training topic, please visit our ‘HIV/AIDS: Health Insurance & Government Benefits Resources’ training materials, please click here.

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