Empower Idaho’s Mental and Behavioral Health Parity Awareness Campaign

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Mental Health Parity Law requires health insurers and group health plans to provide the same level of benefits for mental health services that they do for medical/surgical care. In a survey  recently conducted by the American Psychological Association (APA), only four percent of Americans say they are aware of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (PDF, 651KB), which requires mental and behavioral health coverage to be equal to or better than coverage for physical health, with no annual limits or higher co-pays or deductibles for treatment of mental health disorders or substance use. The law applies to most employer-provided health plans and to individual plans purchased through the new state and federal health insurance exchanges (APA, 2016).