With all the recent discussion of the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), members have asked about the impact of the ACA’s destiny on the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA). MHPAEA is a separate statute that applies to large group employer plans (+50 people), Medicaid managed care arrangements and nonfederal government plans that do not opt out. The ACA expanded MHPAEA to Medicaid expansion plans, Exchange Plans and to the individual and small group markets. Right now, MHPAEA impacts almost all insurance products on the market, and your patients need your help in dealing with possible parity issues and ensuring access to care.
What can you do? Please click here for step by step directions and helpful websites for helping patients deal with possible parity violations and ensuring access to care. Also, click here for a copy of a printable Maryland parity flyer for your office!