Mental Health Parity Hobbled By Lack Of Clear Government Guidance.

The Atlantic (3/11, Graham) reported that “implementation of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 has been hobbled by a lack of clear guidance from the government, and final rules governing the statute have yet to be published.” In addition, according to the article, “insurers are not clarifying the process they use to evaluate the medical necessity of mental health services, and how this compares to processes used in relation to medical services, said Sam Muszynski, director of the office of healthcare systems and financing for the American Psychiatric Association. ‘When providers ask for this kind of information, they just don’t get it,’ he said.”

Related Links:

— “Since 2008, Insurers Have Been Required by Law to Cover Mental Health—Why Many Still Don’t, “Judith Graham, The Atlantic, March 11, 2013.

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