Category Archives: Stay Informed

HHS Releases Final Rule on Essential Health Benefits

Last week HHS released the final rule regulating the Essential Health Benefit Plans that will be sold in the large and small group markets in 2014. See entire rule Of note in the final rule: requires that plan designs are … Continue reading

Final Parity Regulations Needed For Plans to Fully Comply

Kevin Diaz reports in the Star Tribune that the White House commits to issue final parity rule later this year. In an op-ed in USA Today, Secretary Sebelius discusses how the Obama Administration is continuing the legacy of President Kennedy … Continue reading

CMS Issues Letter to States Clarifying Parity Requirements for Medicaid

In early January, CMS issued a letter to State Medicaid Directors confirming that all Medicaid MCOs must be compliant with federal parity law. The letter also directed Medicaid Directors to ensure that the new Medicaid expansion population and the Children’s … Continue reading

Show Your Support For Three Parity Bills in 2013 MGA Session

Do you have a story to tell about insurance barriers or difficulties you encountered when trying to access or provide mental health or substance use disorder treatment? Come share your experience of dealing with private health insurance and help us … Continue reading