We will revolutionize the way mental health care is delivered in America and create a future where diagnosis and treatment covers the brain and the body.

How we'll do it

The state of mental health in our country is one of great possibility. The Kennedy Forum is working to drive change in our healthcare system. We are partnering with mental health and addiction advocates, policymakers, and business leaders around key opportunities for progress, including provider accountability, integration and coordination, technology, and brain fitness and health.

What is parity?

Making Mental Health Essential Health

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA or Parity Act) 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. The MHPAEA, originally applied to group health plans and group health insurance coverage, was amended by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to also apply to individual health insurance coverage.

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