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Category Archives: Mental Health Parity

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DOL, HHS & Treasury Issue Final Rules on ACA Market Reforms

Posted in Employee Benefits, Health Care Reform & ACA, Mental Health Parity
On November 18, 2015, the Departments of Health and Human Services (“HHS”), Labor (“DOL”) and Treasury (collectively, the “Departments”) issued final rules regarding a variety of market reforms under the Affordable Care Act, including grandfathered plans, pre-existing condition exclusions, lifetime and annual limits, rescissions, dependent coverage, claims and appeals procedures and patient protections. This rulemaking—which… Continue Reading

CMS Proposed Rule Implements Mental-Health Parity Requirements for Medicaid Managed Care and CHIP Plans

Posted in Medicaid, Mental Health Parity
On April 6, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released a proposed rule to implement the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (“MHPAEA”) for coverage offered by Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (“MCOs”), Medicaid Alternative Benefit Plans (“ABPs”) and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (“CHIP”).  MHPAEA requires group health plans and health… Continue Reading

Study Suggests Many ACA Exchange Plans Violate Federal Parity Laws

Posted in Employee Benefits, Health Care Reform & ACA, Mental Health Parity
According to a new study focusing on consumer information, nearly 25 percent of group health plans provided through Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) exchanges may be violating federal mental-health parity laws. The study was led by associate professor Colleen Barry of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and is published in the current issue… Continue Reading

DOL, HHS & Treasury Issue Additional Guidance Regarding Excepted Benefits

Posted in Employee Benefits, ERISA, Health Care Reform & ACA, HIPAA & Privacy, Mental Health Parity
On February 13, the Departments of Health and Human Services (“HHS”), Labor (“DOL”) and Treasury (collectively, the “Departments”) issued Part XXIII of their FAQs about Affordable Care Act implementation. This latest FAQ provides additional guidance regarding “excepted benefits,” i.e., benefits that are exempt from the portability rules under HIPAA as well as various requirements under… Continue Reading

HHS, Labor, and Treasury Issue Flurry of Rulemakings and Guidance on Employee Benefits to Close 2014 with a Bang

Posted in Employee Benefits, Health Care Reform & ACA, Mental Health Parity
The last several weeks of 2014 brought with them a flurry of guidance from the Departments of Health and Human Services (“HHS”), Labor (“DOL”) and Treasury (collectively, the “Departments”) regarding group-health plan employee benefits issues, including issues under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”) and the Mental Health Parity… Continue Reading

HOOPS 2014: Legal Flashpoints and Developments

Posted in Antitrust, Fraud, Waste & Abuse, HIPAA & Privacy, Litigation, Medicare, Mental Health Parity
This year Crowell & Moring’s Healthcare Ounce of Prevention Seminar, (HOOPS), will focus on important legal and regulatory developments and their impact on the healthcare industry. Join us on October 27th and October 28th in Washington, DC as our healthcare attorneys and outside speakers share their perspectives on the latest developments in areas of interest… Continue Reading

HHS, Labor, and Treasury Issue Proposed Amendments to “Excepted Benefit” Rules

Posted in ERISA, Health Care Reform & ACA, Mental Health Parity
On October 1, 2014, the Departments of Health and Human Services (“HHS”), Labor (“DOL”) and Treasury (collectively, the “Departments”) published regulations finalizing a proposed amendment to the “excepted benefit” rules, i.e., the rules that govern when certain types of benefits are exempt from HIPAA’s portability rules as well as various requirements under ERISA (including applicability… Continue Reading

ACA Regulatory Preview: CRS Teases Upcoming ACA Rulemakings

Posted in Health Care Reform & ACA, HIPAA & Privacy, Mental Health Parity
The Congressional Research Service published a report detailing more than a dozen pending ACA-related rulemakings. The report comes on the heels of the Spring 2014 Unified Agenda and identifies 14 proposed rules and 17 final rules regarding the ACA that are expected during the next twelve months. Notable expected proposed rules include: CY 2016 Notice… Continue Reading

Final Mental Health Parity Regulations Issued

Posted in Mental Health Parity
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… Continue Reading