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Here Comes the Rain: Employers Offering Mental Health Benefits Should Prepare for More Scrutiny

Employers can expect some challenging information requests about the mental health and substance abuse benefits offered to employees and their dependents through group health plans, if a draft form released by federal...more

Health Care Reform Weekly Roundup – Issue 5

The Senate’s health care reform bill was released today, and we will report on that separately. In the meantime, below are key health care reform developments from the week of June 12th....more

Eating Disorders and Information Requests under the MHPAEA

On June 16, a new FAQ was released and additional steps were taken towards increasing disclosures to participants with respect to mental health/substance abuse benefits. The FAQ confirms that eating disorders are a mental...more

New Class Action Lawsuits Asserting Violations of the MHPAEA

Banner Health and the Kaiser Foundation were recently hit with separate class action lawsuits challenging their denials of certain mental health care coverage...more

21st Century Cures Act overrules IRS guidance on HRAs, enhances enforcement of Mental Health Parity Act

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The 21st Century Cures Act (CCA), which passed with strong bipartisan support in the House of Representatives and the Senate in early December, was signed into law by President Obama on December 13, 2016... Originally...more

DOL Gives a Peek at Non-quantitative Treatment Limitations

by Bryan Cave on

While on this day, most people focus on the heart, we’re going to spend a little time focusing on the head. Under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA), health plans generally cannot impose more stringent...more

Recent guidance issued on mental health parity and tobacco cessation programs

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Below is an article recently published by the Employee Benefit Plan Review. Although issued under the Obama administration, the guidance on the MHPAEA is likely to remain relevant given the bipartisan support for mental...more

Guidance Addresses Mental Health Parity

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury have issued a set of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers that, among other things, implement certain of the recommendations included in a report...more

New Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act Guidance from the DOL

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In Depth - The US Department of Labor (DOL) has provided guidance on health plan provisions that could trigger a violation of the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008...more

New FAQs Address Implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, and the Women’s Health...

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In Depth - The US Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS) and Treasury (collectively, the Departments) published frequently asked questions (FAQs) on April 20, 2016, clarifying the implementation of...more

New ACA, et. al. FAQs Cover Items From “Top” to “Bottom”

by Bryan Cave on

On April 20, the “Big Three” agencies (DOL, Treasury/IRS, and HHS) released another set of FAQs (the 31st, for those of you counting at home). Consistent with earlier FAQs, the new FAQs cover a broad range of items under the...more

Mental Health Parity Final Rule for Medicaid and CHIP: Few Changes from the Proposed Version

by Epstein Becker & Green on

On March 30, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published its long-awaited final rule (“Final Medicaid Parity Rule” or “Final Rule”) implementing the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health...more

CMS Finalizes MHPAEA Mental Health/Substance Abuse Disorder Parity Rules for Medicaid Managed Care and Alternative Benefit Plans,...

by Reed Smith on

CMS has released its final rule to apply provisions of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA) to Medicaid beneficiaries who receive services through managed care organizations or alternative...more

Recent Government-Issued FAQs Cause Plan Sponsors to Clarify Preventive Care and Wellness in Health Plan Communications

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On October 23, 2015, the U.S. Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), and Treasury issued frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the implementation of preventive care and wellness provisions of the...more

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 35: ACA, Mental Health Parity, and (the Hazards of the) Final...

With so much attention focused on the particulars of the employer shared responsibility and, to a slightly lesser extent, reporting rules, it’s easy to lose sight of other important changes—including final regulations issued...more

Trustee Alert – Final Mental Health Parity Rules

The Mental Health Parity rules require group health plans that offer mental health and substance use disorder benefits to cover those benefits on terms that are no more restrictive than those applied to comparable medical and...more

New FAQs Released Regarding Implementation of the Affordable Care Act and Mental Health Parity

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Recent guidance clarifies important issues under the Affordable Care Act, including mental health parity requirements; coverage of preventive care services; cost-sharing requirements; and out-of-pocket maximums, wellness...more

Three Hot Topics Addressed by Recent FAQs: ACA Cost Sharing, Wellness Programs and the MHPAEA

On January 9, 2014, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Treasury jointly published a set of FAQs relating primarily to three areas...more

Departments Release New FAQ Guidance on ACA and MHPAEA Implementation Issues

On January 9, 2014, the Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services (collectively, the “Departments”) published the eighteenth installment of a series of answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding...more

Group Health Plans: Year-End Action Items and Upcoming Changes

by Morgan Lewis on

Group health plan sponsors turn their attention to completing 2013 tasks, implementing upcoming 2014 changes, preparing for the ACA Shared Responsibility requirement in 2015, and documenting recent extensive plan changes....more

Final Regulations Issued under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008

On November 13, 2013, the Departments of the Treasury, Labor and Health and Human Services (the “Departments”) issued final regulations under the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act...more

Final Regulations for the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

On November 8, 2013, the Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services (collectively, the "Departments") jointly issued final regulations under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (the...more

Employee Benefits Update: 2013 Year End Plan Tasks

by Akerman LLP on

As we approach the end of the year, employers and plan sponsors of qualified retirement plans and health and welfare plans should take time to meet various upcoming deadlines. Failure to comply with the deadlines may result...more

Final Regulations on the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 and New Affordable Care Act FAQs

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Final regulations have been issued implementing the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (Act). The Act generally requires group health plans (or health insurance coverage offered in connection with such a...more

Expanded Final Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act Regulations Require Plan Sponsor Consideration Early in 2014 for 2015...

by Winstead PC on

The final Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act regulations (“MHPAEA Regs”) were released late last week and apply to the first plan year beginning on or after July 1, 2014 (for calendar year plans on January 1,...more

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