Mental Health Parity

The Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, which took effect in 2010, aims to end health insurance benefit discrimination between mental health/substance use disorders and medical/surgical benefits for group health plans with more than 50 employees. Psychiatrists know all too well that better enforcement of this law is needed. AACAP is actively involved in improving the federal law, as well as efforts to advocate for more expansive parity through state legislation.