In March, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum establishing a Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder (MH and SUD) Parity Task Force. In 2008, the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) became law. Although the federal MH/SUD parity law seeks to prohibit discrimination in health insurance coverage of mental health and substance use disorder benefits, people seeking MH and SUD services and medications continue to experience many challenges in accessing care.
The President’s Parity Task Force is seeking comment from patients, families, consumer advocates, health care providers, insurers, and other stakeholders on their experience with mental health and substance use disorder parity requirements.
The Coalition for Whole Health (CWH), a national coalition of organizations working to improve coverage for and access to MH and SUD care, drafted comments to the Parity Task Force that recommend additional guidance on and enforcement of the federal MH/SUD parity law by States and the federal government. To sign your organization on to the Coalition’s comments, please go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/H56BJLK and enter your information by COB August 26th.
In addition, please feel free to use the Coalition’s comments as a template for your organization’s own comments. Comments can be emailed to: [email protected] or can be submitted through the comment form on the Task Force website: www.hhs.gov/parity. The deadline for submission is August 31st.
Please contact Gabrielle at [email protected] with any questions. Thank you for all of your work to improve access to addiction and mental health care!
Download the CWH’s comments to the Parity Task Force here.