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Public Policy Webinar: Update on State and Local Paid Leave
During this regulatory and compliance update for group health plans, we address mental health parity, HRA, and other rules.
Oct 25, 2019
Working for You in Washington – July 9, 2018
The Business Group's recent policy initiatives include improving health savings accounts, aiding the effort to eliminate Michigan's claims tax, voicing opposition to shifting ESRD Costs from Medicare to employer plans, supporting CMS efforts to improve quality, price transparency and data interoperability and asking the DOL for more clarity on Mental Health Parity disclosure requirements.
Jul 10, 2018
Comment Letter to DOL, HHS, and IRS on MHPAEA Guidance
The Business Group, in response to the agencies' request for comments, recommended that future MHPAEA guidance clarify plan sponsor obligations for parity analysis.
Jun 22, 2018
Public Policy Webinar: Update on ACA, Mental Health Parity, and Other Regulatory/Compliance Topics
During this webinar, we discuss recent regulatory developments that affect group health plans, including agency guidance on the ACA, mental health parity, and HSA/HDHPs.
May 18, 2018
Comments to Agencies on Mental Health Parity Rules and 21st Century Cures Act
The Business Group, in response to the DOL's, HHS's, and Treasury's request for comments, submitted comments regarding information request procedures and the need for clear MHPAEA guidance.
Sep 13, 2017
Comments to Agencies on Mental Health Parity Rules and Treatment for Eating Disorders
The Business Group, in response to the DOL's, HHS's, and Treasury's request for comments, submitted comments emphasizing the need for plan design flexibility and a focus on high-quality, evidence-based care.
Sep 13, 2017
Comment Letter to HHS on Mental Health Parity Rules and 21st Century Cures Act
The Business Group, in response to HHS's request for comments, submitted comments emphasizing the need for uniform plan administration across 50 states and the need for plan designs that encourage high-quality, cost-effective care.
Jul 25, 2017
More Agency Guidance on Mental Health Parity
Recently, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury (the "agencies") issued a new FAQ and draft model form under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA).
Jul 6, 2017
Public Policy Webinar: Regulatory Update on on Mental Health Parity and ACA Topics
During this webinar, we provide an overview of new regulatory developments, including recent mental health parity legislation and final regulations on ACA premium tax credits and nondiscrimination rules.
Dec 16, 2016
Mental Health Disclosure Requirements Added to Law to Speed Drug and Medical Device Approval
Today, the Senate passed and the president is expected to sign the 21st Century Cures Act, which will likely speed up FDA approval of new drugs and medical devices but may also raise health care costs.
Dec 7, 2016
More Agency Guidance on Mental Health Parity
Recently, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury (the “agencies”) issued new FAQs on various applications of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) as well as tobacco cessation benefit coverage.
Nov 30, 2016
Public Policy Webinar: Update on Mental Health Parity, Excepted Benefits and Other Regulatory Issues
During this webinar, we provide an overview of new regulatory developments, including recent mental health parity guidance and final regulations on excepted benefits.
Nov 18, 2016
Comments to Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force
The Business Group, in response to the Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force's request for comments, submitted comments encouraging the Task Force to maintain compliance flexibility for employer-sponsored group health plans and focus on the need for high-quality, cost-effective care.
Aug 31, 2016
Mental Health Parity: Do Your Plans Have Red Flags?
On June 2, 2016, the Department of Labor issued guidance on the non-quantitative treatment limitation rules under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA). This guidance has implications for self-insured group health plans, as common benefit designs for mental health and substance abuse disorder benefits may run afoul of the MHPAEA. During this webinar, we discuss potential “red flags” for group health plans and hear from mental health parity experts on options to reduce risk and help assure compliance.
Aug 2, 2016
House-Passed Mental Health Bill Adds Parity Requirements
Earlier this month, the House passed (422 – 2) a mental health bill that would increase mental health parity (MHP) enforcement and provide additional guidance regarding disclosure of non-quantitative treatment limits (NQTLs - e.g. medical management tools, step therapy protocols vs. quantitative treatment limits e.g. numerical visit or stay limits).
Jul 28, 2016
More Mental Health Parity Guidance
Recently, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued guidance on the non-quantitative treatment limitation (NQTL) parity requirements under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA).
Jun 3, 2016
Senate HELP Committee Advances Mental Health Parity Disclosure Standards Bill
Recently, the Senate HELP Committee advanced a bipartisan bill that would standardize mental health parity disclosure requirements and require plans to provide members with examples of non-quantitative treatment benefit limitations.
Mar 30, 2016
Letter to Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) Requesting the Removal of New Disclosure Requirements for Nonquantitative Treatment Limitations from the Mental Health Reform Act of 2015
The National Business Group on Health sent a letter to Senator Cassidy requesting the removal of new disclosure requirements from S.1945, because existing disclosure, claims, and appeals rules, as amended by the Affordable Care Act, are sufficient to meeting plan participants concerns regarding nonquantitative treatment limitations (NQTLs).
Mar 9, 2016
Public Policy Webinar: Update on ACA Preventive Services, Mental Health Parity, and other Regulatory Developments
During this webinar, we discuss the most recent agency guidance on ACA preventive services requirements, the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, and final regulations implementing ACA group health plan requirements.
Nov 20, 2015
More Guidance on ACA Preventive Services and Mental Health Parity
The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury issued a set of frequently asked questions providing additional guidance on the ACA’s preventive services requirements, mental health parity, and other group health plan rules.
Oct 27, 2015
Coverage of Residential Treatment Facilities for Behavioral Health/Substance Use Disorders
The purpose of this survey was to determine if employers covered behavioral health/substance abuse disorder treatments provided at residential treatment facilities, and what limitations that coverage might include. Seventeen members of the Business Group responded to this survey.
Jul 22, 2014
Agencies Issue Final Regulations Implementing Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008
IRS, DOL, and HHS issued final regulations implementing the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, which provide guidance on coordination with ACA requirements, a general exemption for EAPs from MHPAEA requirements, and acceptable non-quantitative treatment limits, among other topics.
Nov 14, 2013
Department of Labor (DoL) Eases Mental Health Parity Compliance Somewhat
The DoL modified the requirements for determining parity in treatment limits and cost-sharing and other financial requirements for outpatient services. Until the government issues final regulations, plans may divide outpatient services (both in- and out-of-network) into 1) office visits and 2) all other outpatient items and services.
Jul 30, 2010
Federal Agencies Release Rules for the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA)
The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) rules outline how employers can provide benefits at parity for mental health and substance use disorders (MH/SUD) if they offer them.
Feb 3, 2010
President Signs Law Expanding Coverage of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatments
The President signed a law requiring employer group health plans that offer mental health and substance abuse benefits to provide cost-sharing, service limits and out-of-network coverage as good as or better than medical and surgical benefits.
Oct 3, 2008

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