Litigation Provides Clues to Ongoing Challenges in Implementing Insurance Parity

Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 2017, 42(6): 1065-1098
Authors: Kelsey N. Berry, Haiden A. Huskamp et al.
“Over the past twenty-five years, thirty-seven states and the US Congress have passed mental health and substance use disorder (MH/SUD) parity laws to secure nondiscriminatory insurance coverage for MH/SUD services in the private health insurance market and through certain public insurance programs. However, in the intervening years, litigation has been brought by numerous parties alleging violations of insurance parity. We examine the critical issues underlying these legal challenges as a framework for understanding the areas in which parity enforcement is lacking, as well as ongoing areas of ambiguity in the interpretation of these laws.”
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