On Friday, November 8, the the Departments of Labor, Treasury and Health and Human Services (collectively, the “Departments”) issued final regulations under the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA). (The rules are scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on November 13, 2013.)

The final rules largely adopt the interim final rules (IFRs) that were issued in February 2010, along with subregulatory changes made in several frequently asked questions (FAQs) issued by the Departments over the last few years. A high-level summary of the important changes in the final rules follows: 

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