The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) applauds the Secretaries of the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Treasury for releasing final regulations that implement the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA).
ASAM, in partnership with many other mental health and addiction patient and provider groups, has advocated for the issuance of regulations that fully implement the 2008 parity law. “MHPAEA intended to level the playing field by equalizing coverage for mental health and addiction disorders with that provided for other chronic diseases,” says ASAM President, Dr. Stuart Gitlow. “ASAM thanks the Administration for issuing regulations that bring us significantly closer to this reality.”
The final MHPAEA regulations apply to large employer-based plans and, as per the Affordable Care Act, all federally qualified health plans offered through the new health insurance marketplaces. The final rules do not apply to Medicare, Medicaid managed care or alternative benefit Medicaid plans.