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).
Empower Idaho Mental Health Parity Slideshow: MH Parity PP Oct 2018
White House Mental Health and Substance Abuse Use Disorder Task Force Final Report, October 2016
Employer Guide for Compliance with Mental Health Parity and Addiction Act 2015
Parity Track – resource for information about Parity
NAMI Releases New Parity Report
SAMHSA Know Your Rights Brochure