Mental Health Parity Litigation Wrestles With Regulatory Ambiguities

Litigation against health plans over alleged mental health parity violations has proliferated in recent years, with judges notably ruling in favor of UnitedHealth Group and against Elevance Health, Inc. Things may get even more complicated with the Biden administration likely to propose more mental health parity regulation this year, according to attorneys from Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP.

Mental health parity rules, which rely on statutes including the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA) and the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, require health plans to cover behavioral health and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment at the same level as medical/surgical benefits.

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Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson

Peter has been a reporter for nearly a decade. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered a wide variety of topics in his hometown of Seattle, where he continues to live. Peter’s work has appeared in publications including The Atlantic and The Stranger. Peter attended Colby College.

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