About This Training:
Accessing Insurance Coverage for Substance Use & Mental Health Treatment: The Federal Parity Law [Slides/Video] provides an overview of the federal parity law and tells individuals and providers how they can take advantage of their rights under the law. The federal parity law, officially called the Paul Wellstone & Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, requires most health insurers that offer insurance coverage for substance use disorder and mental health services to offer it equally with coverage for other medical and surgical benefits. This training focuses on federal law and touches on New York law.
This Training Is For:
- Service providers and advocates working with people who have substance use disorders;
- People with substance use disorders, and their families and allies; and
- Anyone else interested in the topic.
- CHAMP Flyer (2019)
- Health Insurance for Addiction & Mental Health Care: A Guide to the Federal Parity Law (2016)
- NY Insurance Circular Letters: No. 20 (2009), No. 5 (2014), No. 6 (2015), No. 4 (2016), No. 6 (2016)
- Letter from NYS DOH re: overdose prevention program (9/11/2014)
- Summaries of NY Attorney General Parity Settlements
- Red Flags! Your Health Plan May Be Violating the Law (2019) This one-pager, also available in poster size, lists “red flags” that suggest a health insurance plan may be violating federal and state parity laws when denying or limiting access to substance use disorder or mental health care.
- What To Do If You See a Red Flag (2019) This tool, a companion to the “Red Flags!” tool, explains what health care providers, patients, and families should do if they see a “red flag” and think a health plan may be violating parity laws.