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Feds Propose Tougher Mental Health Parity Standards For Payers

On July 25, 2023, the federal Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), and Treasury proposed rules to strengthen requirements that commercial payers and group health plans cover behavioral health treatment at parity with medical and surgical treatment. The rules affect the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MPHAEA) that prohibits private health insurers from imposing separate financial or access requirements, such as copayments and prior authorization, or imposing other requirements on mental health or addiction …

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