Feds Finalize Rule Requiring Equal Mental Health Coverage

Law360, New York (November 8, 2013, 4:31 PM EST) -- The Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury departments on Friday released a long-awaited final rule requiring group health care plan providers to offer equal access to treatment for mental health and addiction as they do for medical and surgical services.

The rule will implement protections established in the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, and it follows a recent surge in political will on the issue following a series of high-profile incidents, including the January school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that pushed questions...
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