Mental Parity Rules Jointly Released by IRS, Labor, HHS

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Three federal agencies release proposed and interim final rules (REG-120692-09, T.D. 9479) implementing the 2008 mental health parity law, which requires group health plans to treat medical and mental health benefits equally. The Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 requires group health plans that offer mental health and/or substance use disorder benefits to treat those benefits in the same way as medical and surgical benefits in terms of costs and access to care. The MHPAEA amended Section 712 of ERISA and Section 9812 of the Internal Revenue Code.