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The final regulation applies to non-Federal governmental plans with more than 50 employees, and to group health plans of private employers with more than 50 employees. It also applies to health insurance coverage in the individual health insurance market. It does not apply to group health plans of small employers (except as noted above in connection with the EHB requirements). Like the statute, it does not require group health plans to provide MH/SUD benefits. If they do, however, the financial requirements and treatment limitations that apply to MH/SUD benefits cannot be more restrictive than the predominant requirements and limitations that apply to substantially all of the medical/surgical benefits.
MHPAEA does not apply directly to small group health plans, although its requirements are applied indirectly in connection with the Affordable Care Act’s essential health benefit (EHB) requirements. To view State specific information visit www.ncsl.org, and on the right hand side of the page enter “mental health parity” then select “State Laws Mandating or Regulating Mental Health Benefits”.)
MHPAEA was amended by the Affordable Care Act, to also apply to individual health insurance coverage.
Employment-related group health plans, whether self-funded or fully insured and individual health plans cannot impose annual or lifetime dollar limits on mental health benefits that are less favorable than any such limits imposed on medical/surgical benefits.
The summary of requirements, below, des not address exceptions. If you have questions about your plans compliance, contact a benefit advisor in one of the Department of Labor’s regional offices at www.askebsa.dol.gov or by calling toll free at 1-866-444-3272.
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