September 8, 2021
Behavioral Health Professionals: Support new mental health parity laws that directly impact your practice and your patients

Behavioral Health Professionals: Support new mental health parity laws that directly impact your practice and your patients

The following two pieces of proposed federal legislation would guarantee insurers provide equal coverage for mental health and telehealth services, with equal costs to beneficiaries as physical medical care.

The Parity Enforcement Act of 2021, which is currently proposed in the House.

This proposed legislation empowers the Dept. of Labor to investigate and issue civil fines against health insurers and health plan sponsors that violate parity.

Here is a summary of the bill: Parity Enforcement Act of 2021 -one-pager.pdf (house.gov)

Text of the bill: Text – H.R.1364 – 117th Congress (2021-2022): Parity Enforcement Act of 2021 | Congress.gov | Library of Congress

The Tele-Mental Health Improvement Act, which is currently proposed in the Senate.

This proposed law would, among other things, require employer-sponsored health plans to cover telehealth services for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder at the same level and reimbursement as in-person care.

Here is a summary of the bill: 06.26.20 Tele-Mental Health Improvement Act_One Pager.pdf (senate.gov)

Text of the bill: Text – S.660 – 117th Congress (2021-2022): Tele-Mental Health Improvement Act | Congress.gov | Library of Congress

You can support these bills by contacting your Congressperson and Senator as well as by supporting your professional organization’s efforts to help them pass (i.e. APA, NYSPA, NASW, and ASAM).

We believe in the work that you do and we want to see you reimbursed at an equitable rate while assuring that your patients have coverage for the care they need.

To find the phone number for your state representative visit this link and search by state.

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