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Health Agencies Update
December 25, 2013

Mental Health Parity Rules in Effect

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JAMA. 2013;310(24):2606. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.285004

The US Department of Health and Human Services, along with the Departments of Labor and Treasury, in November released a rule implementing the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA).

The MHPAEA, passed in 2008, expands on protections created under the Mental Health Parity Act of 1996. It extends parity provisions to individuals with substance abuse disorders. The act prohibits health plans from requiring higher copayments or deductibles or placing stricter limits on care for patients with these disorders. It also covers residential or intensive outpatient care. More details about MHPAEA are available online (

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