ACA Regs Bridge Gap Between Mental, Physical Health

Law360, New York (November 13, 2013, 9:52 PM EST) -- The Obama administration on Wednesday gave insurers two choices: Cover mental disorders like they’re physical disorders, or face tax penalties under the Affordable Care Act.

To advocates of mental health awareness, the regulations rank among the most welcomed pieces of law in U.S. history. But to lawyers, they reveal the climate in which looming battles will be fought over preemption and the states’ role in enforcing the Affordable Care Act.

The 206-page final regulation expands benefits for 62 million Americans who were previously uncovered by parity protections, the body of state and federal laws that require insurers to cover mental health...

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