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Mental Health Parity and Health Care Reform
Seyfarth Shaw LLP Link to more items from this source
[Guidance Overview]
Feb. 5, 2014
"Although self-insured and insured plans in the large group market are not required to offer mental health benefits, the [interim final regs] provided that if a plan provides mental health benefits in any classification, they had to be provided in every classification in which medical/surgical benefits were provided. The ACA, however, requires non-grandfathered group health plans to provide coverage for certain preventive services without cost sharing, including, among other things, alcohol misuse screening and counseling, depression counseling, and tobacco use screening. According to the final rule, the provision of these limited mental health benefits by a group health plan as required by ACA will not trigger a broader requirement to provide additional mental health benefits in any classification."

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