Updates – Mental Health Parity

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ERIC Works to Bring Clarity to Mental Health Parity Laws

ERIC today filed comments with the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury on mental health parity compliance. The comments focused on the time needed for plan sponsors to prepare for and come into compliance with new requirements, more stakeholder input on the processes, definitions, and interpretations by the agencies, and flexibility by the agencies in enforcing the MHPAEA rules… More

protected content Update on New Opioids Bill, “Health Reform Revival,” Administration Rx Plan Summary, Mental Health

Despite the election year politics, there is actually a surprising amount of activity here in Washington on both the regulatory and legislative fronts – in fact the Senate Finance Committee just announced that it will be moving forward an HHS nominee on Thursday… More

protected content Victory on MHP Penalties! Also… Lot’s of MHP stuff

Just a short note to fill the rest of your week with mental health parity (MHP) reading and excitement. This morning, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee finished their markup that included S. 2680, the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018. The bill was favorably reported out of committee by unanimous consent… More

protected content New Survey, Upcoming Opportunities, Mental Health Parity, Kidney Dialysis, HSA, ER Mandate, etc.

I hope you’re all having a good week – so great to see so many of you last week at the Spring Policy Conference. If you missed it, tune in to our next Washington Update for a recap, but I think you know it’s not quite the same as being there! I’ve got some policy updates for you today, but first, please take a quick survey, and make sure you RSVP for several events coming up soon… More

protected content MHP, Emergency Centers, The HIT, New Reform Proposals and More!

Greetings from ERIC headquarters today, where we are preparing for a coming battle over ACA market stabilization, planning the ERIC Fall Policy Conference, and much more. I’ve got some quick hits for you today, so let’s get to it… More

Comments to HHS on Mental Health Parity and the Mental Health Reform Act

To Whom It May Concern: The ERISA Industry Committee (“ERIC”) is pleased to submit these comments in response to the Department’s stakeholder input efforts pursuant to the 21st Century Cures Act and the Mental Health Reform Act contained therein … More

protected content ACA Repeal Update, Survey Results, and More

The Senate’s push toward a vote on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) came to a head on Monday night, as conservative Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) announced that they would not support the motion to proceed to the bill, for various reasons … More

protected content Health Reform Update, EO on Rx, EBRI Data, and Mental Health Parity Rules

Good afternoon! We thought this week may be it – crunch time for “repeal and replace,” the final countdown, will it happen or not... turns out not. The vote is now on hold… More

How to Make Sure Your Health Plan Will Be Compliant in 2017

James Gelfand, senior vice president of health policy, provided the “Tip of the Week” for Epstein Becker Green’s Employment Law This Week on how employers should update their plans in 2017 in order to remain compliant… More

protected content Webinar TOMORROW, Rx News, PCORI, Wellness, Reporting, and More

Today we will discuss: (1) Site-neutral payment webinar, (2) Updates on prescription drug cost issues, (3) EEOC recordings on Wellness and EEO-1, (4) Reminder about shared responsibility affordability threshold, (5) Mental health update, and (6) PCORI update… More

protected content Mental Health Task Force Report, Senate on Chronic Care, Excepted Benefits Half-Reg, MI Tax Update,

Today we will cover: (1) Final Mental Health Task Force Report, (2) Excepted Benefits Rule, (3) Senate Chronic Care Draft, (4) Update on MI Health Claims Tax, (5) Possible Demise of 21st Century Cures, (6) Summary of PCORI Feedback, and (7) NYT on Employers’ Open Enrollment… More

protected content Employer Mandate, HSA & MHP Bills Pass House, Study Knocks Wellness Premium Variation

I know some of you have begun receiving notices from exchanges that an employee has received a tax credit. Research suggests that these notices do not necessarily mean you’re going to be charged a shared responsibility fee… More

protected content Possible MHP Changes Coming, Survey Results, and More

As usual, there is no shortage of interesting fodder to discuss in the realm of health policy and employee benefits today. I will try to keep it short, while touching upon recent developments in mental health parity (MHP) requirements, upcoming ERIC calls, unscientific survey results, and some miscellany… More

DOL Posts Updated Health Benefits Coverage Compliance Guide on Website

The Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration has posted to its website an updated compliance assistance guide on health benefits coverage under federal law including updates for the Affordable Care Act and the mental health parity provisions. … More

protected content Government Gives Us the Answer We Want on ACA OOP Limits

Yesterday the Department of Labor, along with HHS and Treasury, issued 12 new questions and answers, including the clarification of a key concern that we have been relentlessly bugging them about for months now: can a plan have two separate cost-sharing limits that in the aggregate comply with the overall out-of-pocket limit under the Affordable Care Act? … More

protected content Final Mental Health Parity Regulations Released

Today the Departments of Labor, Treasury, and HHS at long last issued the final regulations implementing the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. … More

protected content Final Mental Health Parity Rule Submitted to OMB for Review

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on October 18 received for review the rule to finalize the interim final rule published on February 2, 2010, that implements the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA). … More

Agencies Issue New FAQs under Affordable Care Act, Mental Health Parity, and HIPAA

The Department of Labor recently issued new guidance (jointly prepared by the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury)… More

DOL Posts New FAQ Addressing Mental Health Parity Rules

The Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration on June 30 issued on its website a Frequently Asked Question that… More

ERIC May 26th FocusOn Conference Call to Review Mental Health Parity Regulations

The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury published interim final regulations in the Federal Register on February 2,… More

ERIC Warns Mental Health Parity Aggregation Rule Will Force Coverage Retreat

ERIC News Release For Immediate Release: May 4, 2010 Washington, D.C. -- The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), a Washington, D.C.-based… More

protected content Agencies Release Interim Final Rules on Mental Health Parity Act

The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Treasury on February 2 jointly published in the Federal Register interim final rules implementing the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA).… More

ERIC Urges Balance on Implementing Regulations under Mental Health Parity Act

Washington, D.C. -- The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) earlier today submitted comments to the Department of Labor's Employee Benefits… More

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Agencies Request Comments on Mental Health Parity Law

The Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services on April 28 published in the Federal Register a request for information on… More

Mental Health Parity Measure Signed Into Law as Part of Economic Stabilization Plan

President Bush on October 3 signed into law mental health parity legislation as part of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act (H.R.… More

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