Equal Mental Health & Substance Use Benefits Realized

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Along with the recent financial rescue legislation signed into law by the President on October 8, 2008, a provision was included requiring group health plans ? whether insured or self-insured ? that provide mental health and substance use disorders benefits, to provide such benefits in equal measure with the plan?s medical and surgical benefits. With an effective date for most calendar year plans of January 1, 2010, employers must carefully examine these new requirements and their group health benefit programs to determine how to meet this new employee benefits challenge.

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