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Agencies Issue Final Mental Health Parity Regs (PDF)
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[Guidance Overview]
Jan. 15, 2014
"[P]rior to the issuance of the final regulations, many plans considered intermediate care to be outside the six classifications and, therefore, not subject to the parity obligation.... The Departments rejected the idea of incorporating a mathematical parity analysis for [nonquantitative treatment limitations (NQTLs)] similar to that used for financial requirements and quantitative treatment limitations. The subjective nature of the NQTL parity analysis will create a challenge for plans trying to demonstrate compliance in the event of litigation."

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