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 It was largely repealed as part of TARP.
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(15) Detailed information about key provisions of the Mental Health Parity Act of 1996 can be found at the National Association of Mental Illnesses--The Mental Health Parity Act of 1996, on the Internet at http:// web.nami.org/update/parity96.html (visited March 18, 2004).
In 2001, Representative Marge Roukema reintroduced amendments to the Mental Health Parity Act of 1996 first introduced in 1998 that would, among other changes, expand the legislation to include substance abuse treatment.
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.S.
(31) Although the Senate unanimously approved the Wellstone Amendment, debates in the House of Representatives regarding the excessive costs of mental health parity resulted in the passage of the Mental Health Parity Act of 1996 ("MHPA"), a heavily compromised version of the originally proposed Wellstone Amendment.
The old Mental Health Parity Act of 1996 required large and midsize group health plans that cover mental health care to offer the same annual and lifetime maximums for mental health care that they offer for other types of medical care.
543), which expands on the Mental Health Parity Act of 1996 and resembles guidelines that apply to the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.
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