Mental Health Parity

The landmark Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA) sought to end health insurance discrimination between mental health/substance use disorder benefits and medical/surgical benefits.

The law does not require a health plan to offer mental health/substance use disorder benefits, but when they are offered, they must be on par with any physician/surgical plan benefits.

AACAP is actively involved in the implementation of the federal law, as well as efforts to advocate for more expansive parity through state legislation.

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