Mental Health Parity Act of 1996

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Mental Health Parity Act of 1996

Legislation in the United States that required the annual caps and lifetime maximum benefits for mental health insurance to be equal to those for other forms of health insurance. Critics contended that the Act had little effect and was easily avoided by insurance companies. It was largely repealed as part of TARP.
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This ruling gives us hope that the Mental Health Parity Act of 2008 will now be enforced.
The Mental Health Parity Act of 1996 (MHPA) provided that large-group health plans cannot impose annual or lifetime dollar limits on mental health benefits that are less favorable than any such limits imposed on medical/ surgical benefits.
The original parity legislation, the Mental Health Parity Act of 1996 (MHPA), provided that large group health plans cannot impose annual or lifetime dollar limits on mental health benefits that are less favorable than any such limits imposed on medical/surgical benefits.
In June, the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) fined Kaiser $4 million for committing multiple and "serious" violations related to its mental health services, including failing to give patients' access to care and violating California's Mental Health Parity Act.
The law expanded the 1996 Mental Health Parity Act to include substance use treatment.
I'm proud that my family has always been on the side of anti-stigma, whether it was President Kennedy's call to moral outrage when he spoke of civil rights, or that my Aunt Eunice founded Special Olympics to end the stigma for people with disabilities like my Aunt Rosemary And I'm proud that I shared sponsorship with my father on the Mental Health Parity Act in 2008.
Barack Obama had been endorsed by our professional organization, and his support for policies such as the Mental Health Parity Act, End Racial Profiling Act, and Healthy Families Act suggested that an ally of social work would be at our nation's helm.
September 1996 The Mental Health Parity Act establishes parity for lifetime and annual dollar limits.
Through the leadership of Senators Pete Domenici (R-NM) and Paul Wellstone (D-MN), the Mental Health Parity Act (MHPA) of 1996 (which became Public Law 104-204) decreed that insurers could not set lifetime dollar limits and annual dollar limits on mental health benefits at a more restrictive level than lifetime or annual limits on medical or surgical benefits.
While many feel that the Mental Health Parity Act will be an increased burden in both cost and administration, it is actually an opportunity for many employers and a benefit for employees.
If the bailout of financial institutions was an example of special interests trumping politics, then the passage of the mental health parity act is a case of politics trumping special interests.
Clinton signs the Mental Health Parity Act of 1996, which requires parity for only annual and lifetime dollar limits.
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