DOL Seeks Public Mental Health and Addiction Law Comments

The Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services recently announced publication of a request for information (RFI) soliciting public comments in advance of developing rulemakings on group health plans. The RFI is published in the April 28 Federal Register.

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA) creates new rules for any financial requirement (e.g., cost-sharing) or treatment limitations (e.g., visit limits) on mental health and substance use disorder benefits so that they are no more restrictive than predominant requirements or limitations applied to substantially all medical and surgical benefits covered by a plan. MHPAEA also reauthorized several provisions relating to parity in annual and lifetime dollar limits for group health plan coverage enacted as part of the Mental Health Parity Act of 1996.

The RFI seeks public comments on such issues as the:

  • Types of financial requirements or treatment limits plans currently impose.
  • Terms in the statute that require additional clarification to facilitate compliance.
  • Current disclosure practices by plans regarding medical necessity determinations and denials of mental health benefits.
  • Current practices regarding out-of-network coverage for mental health benefits.

Written comments responding to the MHPAEA RFI may be addressed to the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Health Plan Standards and Compliance Assistance, Employee Benefits Security Administration, N-5653, 200 Constitution Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210, Attn: MHPAEA Comments. The public also may submit comments electronically by e-mail to E-OHPSCA.EBSA@dol.gov or through the federal e-rulemaking portal at www.regulations.gov.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • The Top 5 Safety and Technology Trends to Watch

    Get the latest on trends you can expect to hear more about in 2019, including continued growth of mobile safety applications, wearable technology, and smart PPE; autonomous vehicles; pending OSHA recordkeeping rulemaking; and increased adoption of international safety standard, ISO 45001.

  • Analyze Incident Data

    Collect relevant incident data, analyze trends, and generate accurate regulatory reports, including OSHA 300, 300A, and 301 logs, through IndustrySafe’s extensive incident reporting and investigation module.

  • Safety Training 101

    When it comes to safety training, no matter the industry, there are always questions regarding requirements and certifications. We’ve put together a guide on key safety training topics, requirements for certifications, and answers to common training questions.

  • Conduct EHS Inspections and Audits

    Record and manage your organization’s inspection data with IndustrySafe’s Inspections module. IndustrySafe’s pre-built forms and checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - January 2019

    January / February 2019

    Featuring:

    • PREVENTING ERRORS
      Production vs. Safety 
    • EMERGENCY SHOWERS & EYEWASH
      Meeting the Requirements for Emergency Equipment
    • CONSTRUCTION SAFETY
      The State of Contractor Safety
    • FOOT PROTECTION
      The Three Keys to Effective Chemical Management
    View This Issue