Some Exchange Plans May Violate ACA Mental Health Parity Law

One-quarter of the health plans being sold on health insurance exchanges set up through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) offer benefits that appear to violate a federal law requiring equal benefits for general medical and mental health care, according to new research led by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The law — known as mental health parity — was designed to eliminate discrimination in insurance coverage offered for people with mental illness and addiction problems. The federal law first required parity for group health insurance policies in 2010 and was extended to insurance products offered on state exchanges with the implementation of Obamacare last year.

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