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SHRM Provides Input to Shape Mental Health Parity Rules 
 

5/28/2009   
 
 

SHRM Provides Input to Shape Mental Health Parity Rules

Alexandria, Va. - On Thursday, May 28, SHRM submitted comments in response to a joint Request for Information (RFI) issued by the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Internal Revenue Service on mental health parity.  The RFI will provide the agencies with information to help formulate a proposed rule implementing the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-343 §§ 511, 512).

SHRM was a key supporter of the final version of the mental health parity legislation which requires that any health care plan that offers mental health coverage must ensure that the financial requirements and treatment limitations applied to mental health benefits are no more restrictive than those applied to medical and surgical benefits.

SHRM’s comments to the RFI provide suggestions on how the agencies should define key statutory terms based on the way most group health plans are structured.  SHRM’s comments also address the statute’s cost exemption and recommend that the effective date of the rulemaking be delayed by one year to allow adequate time for health plan design changes.

To read SHRM’s comment, click HERE.