Mental Health Parity Act (MHPA)

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    It’s common for employers to provide certain benefits for their employees, many of which are subject to strict rules under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the Internal Revenue Code, and other laws. Employee benefits can include:  Paid holiday, vacation, and sick leave; Medical, dental, and vision insurance;...

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    In October 2008, Congress passed the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA). The statute amended and expanded upon a variety of previously enacted parity provisions that appeared in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the Public Health  Service Act (PHSA), and the Internal Revenue Code (Code). In general,...

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    By Ashley Gillihan and John Hickman Alston & Bird, LLP 2011 was yet another busy legislative and regulatory year for health and other welfare benefits, keeping benefits practitioners and plan sponsors on their toes for most of the year. And not all of the activity related to health care reform. Don’t worry, though, health care...
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    By Ashley Gillihan and John HickmanAlston & Bird, LLP As 2010 comes to a close, benefits professionals will naturally begin to look ahead to 2011. The key question, as it is every year, is: “What does next year hold in store for health and welfare benefits?” However, as Carl Sagan noted, "You have to know the past to understand...
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    By John R. Hickman, Laurie K. Kirkwood, Ashley Gillihan, and Johann LeeAlston & Bird, LLP The Federal Register recently published the interim final regulations implementing the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA or Act). The regulations, issued jointly by the Departments of...
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    By John R. Hickman, Ashley Gillihan, Johann Lee, and Laurie K. KirkwoodAlston & Bird, LLP The Federal Register recently published the interim final regulations implementing the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA or Act). The regulations, issued jointly by the Departments of...
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    More than 25% of America's adult population suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder in any given year, according to the National Institute for Mental Health. How do you know if one of your employees is suffering from a mental disability? Can you ask the worker about his condition without inviting a lawsuit? What information can your request...
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