Serial No. 114-167: An Examination of Federal Mental Health Parity Laws and Regulations, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Health of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, September 9, 2016   [open pdf - 5MB]

This is from the September 9, 2016 hearing on "An Examination of Federal Mental Health Parity Laws and Regulations" held before the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce. From the opening statement of Hon. Joseph R. Pitts: "Today's Health Subcommittee hearing will examine the Federal mental health parity laws and regulations. In 2008, Congress passed a bill requiring most group health plans to provide more generous coverage for treatment of mental illnesses, comparable to what is provided for physical illnesses. This Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, MHPAEA, which followed the Mental Health Parity Act of 1996, the MHPA, requires equivalence or a parity in coverage of mental and physical ailments. [...] With more than 11 million Americans who suffer with severe mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, this issue is vitally important for individual patients as well as families seeking appropriate care for their loved ones. Since there seems to be ongoing discussions or protections as envisioned in the mental health parity laws previously enacted, it is timely for this committee to consider ways to streamline the mental health parity system." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Pamela Greenberg, Michael A. Trangle, and Matt Selig.

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