Today’s post is in regards to the topic of Mental Health Parity. NAMI Texas is currently working with a coalition of groups that plans to engage with the Texas Department of Insurance, provider groups, and the public in order to establish better oversight and compliance with federal and state parity rules. If you or someone you know has been impacted by non-compliance with parity rules, please email our Policy Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Texas has parity rules that partially reflect the federal MHPAEA (Wellstone-Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008) parity law: financial and treatment limitations must be no more restrictive for mental health or substance abuse (MH/SU) benefits than for medical benefits. Other federal parity rules, such as non-quantitative treatment limitations (i.e. pre-authorization of services, utilization reviews), are not addressed in Texas law and there is reason to believe that they are not being enforced. Again, please contact our Policy Coordinator if you know of anyone in Texas who has been impacted by non-compliance with parity rules.
The following link is to an interesting Nonprofit Quarterly article that discusses the somewhat delayed implementation of the federal mental health parity law. It also discusses the tenth anniversary of the passing of Senator Paul Wellstone, who was a great champion of MHPAEA: http://www.nonprofitquarterly.org/policysocial-context/21243-mental-health-parity-wellstone-and-kennedy-pursue-dads-dream.html