5D Health Care and Behavioral Health Issues
This session will explore the legacy of discrimination against those with mental illnesses and substance use disorders within health care in America. Of particular emphasis will be discriminatory health insurance practices those with behavioral health conditions have experienced historically, and how this has changed in recent years because of various state and federal laws.
The session will describe the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA), which requires that insurance coverage for behavioral health treatment be no more restrictive than health insurance coverage for other medical care. While MHPAEA has been in place for nearly a decade, implementation of the law is still incomplete. Parallels between MHPAEA and the ADA will be examined.
Finally, the session will also outline the potential ramifications for behavioral health insurance coverage under the new administration and Congress.