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 It was largely repealed as part of TARP.
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1) The Mental Health Parity Act of 1996 was signed into law by President Clinton as a means of treating mental illness in the same fashion as all other illnesses.
The amendments to the Mental Health Parity Act of 1996 introduced by Representative Roukema would avoid this problem with the Substance Abuse Treatment Parity Act.
The Mental Health Parity Act of 1996 has resulted in some gains in employee mental health coverage, but inequities remain, according to a report from the U.
With the passage of this bill, insurers may no longer arbitrarily limit the number of hospital days or outpatient treatment sessions, or use higher copayments or deductibles for people in need of mental health care, thus closing loopholes in the Mental Health Parity Act of 1996," says Newman.
543 must be passed to address discrimination in mental health benefits and to close the loopholes in the Mental Health Parity Act of 1996.
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