The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) was first signed into law in 2008. This act aimed to reduce the disparity around benefits for mental health illnesses and substance disorders. This law states that the limitations on treatment for mental health illnesses and substance disorders must be similar to the limitations placed on medical and surgical benefits.
Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury under the 21st Century Cures Act, created a self-compliance tool for employers who offer the benefits as a resource in order to help make sure they are in compliance. This resource outlines a few different areas and provides tips on how to stay compliant.
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The brief FAQ to help guide employers in understanding this new self-compliance tool. Remember, this guide should not be substituted for legal advice, and employers should also make sure to view state regulations to make sure to comply with those rules as well. Below is a brief glimpse at the self-compliance FAQ.