IRS Ruling Bolsters Coverage For Mental Health Under ACA

Law360, New York (November 12, 2013, 6:04 PM ET) -- The Internal Revenue Service on Wednesday will hand a victory to mental health awareness advocates when it publishes rules on the treatment of mental health care under the Affordable Care Act.

Wednesday’s Federal Register will include a 206-page final ruling that defines the law’s parity requirement. Under the Affordable Care Act, insurers must cover the treatment of mental health issues equally to how they cover the treatment of physical health issues.

In Wednesday’s ruling, the IRS writes that insurers cannot pair specific mental ailments with supposedly...
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