Successful Employer Implementation of the Federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act
PublisherPartnership for Workplace Mental Health/American Psychiatric Association Foundation
Peer ReviewedAlan Axelson, MD; William L. Bruning, JD, MBA; T. Larry Myette, MD, MPH, DABPM; Deborah Owens, LPC, CACD, CEAP; Paul Pendler, PsyD
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AbstractThis brief is designed to help employers with the implementation of the new mental health and substance use disorder parity federal law provisions. The Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 requires employers that offer mental health/addiction coverage to do so at parity to their offering of medical/surgical health care benefits. Review of actuarial and retrospective research studies on parity’s impact on costs. Three key employer action steps for successful implementation. Characteristics of employers with positive parity experiences.
Table of ContentsIntroduction: The Issue and Why It Is Important to Business. Part 1: The Problem. Part II: Answers From Research. Part III: Employer Action Steps. Part IV: Employer Approaches. Part V: Resources. References (21). Literature Review on the Business Case for Parity (Appendix A). Parity Law Requirements (Appendix B). State-Level Data of the Parity Experience (Appendix C). Employer Case Study Experiences with Parity (Appendix D).
Description30-page white paper for employers.
CitationAttridge, M. (2009, December). Successful employer implementation of the Federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. Research Works, 1(3) (30 pages).
SponsorsPartnership for Workplace Mental Health/American Psychiatric Association Foundation
Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008