New Mental Health Push Could Create Insurance Mandates

Law360, New York (January 30, 2013, 7:39 PM EST) -- New political momentum to improve access to mental health care, spurred by the recent school shooting in Newtown, Conn., will push regulators to tighten rules for employers offering mental health coverage and give lawmakers new leverage to force all health insurance plans to offer mental health benefits, experts say.

One thing that is likely to happen is final regulations implementing the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, which requires large group health plans that cover mental health services to do so at the...
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