President Barack Obama, Governor Mitt Romney, Governor Gary Johnson, Jill Stein: Implement and Enforce the Mental Health Parity Act
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President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama, Governor Mitt Romney, Governor Gary Johnson, Jill Stein: Implement and Enforce the Mental Health Parity Act

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      American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA) requires that if a group health plan offers coverage for mental health or substance use disorder benefits, the financial requirements and treatment limitations for those benefits can be no more restrictive than the predominant requirements and limitations applied to substantially all medical/surgical benefits. This applies to private and public sector employers with more than 50 employees, including self-insured as well as fully insured plans.

This law supplements the pre-existing Mental Health Parity Law (MHPA) of 1996, which required parity with respect to aggregate lifetime and annual dollar limits for mental health benefits, but did not include the same protection for substance use disorder benefits. MHPAEA’s interim final rule further amends certain provisions in MHPA. For example, plans are only permitted to manage the mental health and substance use benefit so long as they do not do so in a discriminatory manner.

 

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    • Jessica Linkowski PLAINFIELD, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      I have lost a dear friend to suicide, and this is a preventable and treatable disease!

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    • Suzanna Osmani WHEATON, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      My beautiful, smart brother Lulzim Osmani died by suicide.

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    • Katharine Ballard BLOOMINGTON, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      Mental health is just as important to overall well-being as physical health. If mental helath conditions are not given the same value and terated the same way, then we show that people with mental health issues are not valuied by society in the same way that someone like a cancer patient is. In each instance the condition can be life-threatening.

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    • James Barbour ZANESVILLE, OH
      • almost 2 years ago

      There is more too all these mass shootings. These people are sick and need help.

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    • Meredith Wood HIGHLAND PARK, IL
      • almost 2 years ago

      I am a psychotherapist who understands the importance of access to mental health services and the deadly consequences of not being able to access needed mental health treatment.

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