Agencies Roll Out Rules On Mental Health Coverage

Law360, New York (February 3, 2010, 5:15 PM EST) -- Three federal agencies on Wednesday jointly issued interim rules banning group health insurance plans from limiting or raising costs on benefits for mental health or substance abuse disorder treatment, aiming to establish parity for those benefits with standard medical and surgical coverage.

The interim rules — co-authored by the U.S. departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury — will implement the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, which expands on the Mental Health Parity Act...
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