Years after the Mental Health Parity Act was passed, too many Americans continue to be unfairly denied needed mental health and substance use disorder care. We must hold health insurance plans accountable to comply with the law and not limit treatment any more than they would for other types of health care.

Parity Is the Law

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 requires health insurance carriers to achieve coverage parity between Mental Health/Substance Use Disorders (MH/SUD) and medical/surgical benefits, especially in regard to financial requirements and treatment limitations.

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Sharing Mental Health Coverage Denials

The Kennedy Forum educates consumers and mental health and substance use disorder care providers about the Parity law and provides tools and resources needed to appeal coverage denials when they occur.

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Parity Resources

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Our policy work focuses on achieving equitable access to mental health and substance use care, enhancing quality of services, and advocating for comprehensive systemic reform.

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Common Parity Violations

Parity violations perpetuate disparities in accessing mental health and substance use care and contribute to unequal access to needed and life-saving treatment.

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