Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) of 2008 requires health insurers and group health plans to provide the same level of benefits for mental and/or substance use treatment and services that they do for medical/surgical care. MHPAEA was expanded to ensure that qualified plans offered on the Health Insurance Marketplace cover many behavioral health treatments and services.

Mental Health & Addiction Insurance Help Portal

Interactive tool to help consumers find the appropriate Federal or State agency to assist with their parity complaints, appeals, or other actions.

Action Plan for Enhanced Enforcement

Recent and planned actions to maintain momentum on parity enforcement and implementation, and comments from the listening sessions prior to the report.

Task Force

The Task Force focused key Federal Agencies on the work of ensuring that Americans receive the coverage and treatment that they need.

Mental Health or Substance Use Disorder Treatment

If you or someone you know has a mental health condition or a substance use disorder, there are resources and services available to assist with screening, treatment and recovery:

  • SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator: Confidential and anonymous source for individuals seeking treatment facilities for substance use disorder, addiction and mental health concerns.
  • Find a Health Center: Some health centers provide mental health and substance use disorder services. Contact the health center directly to confirm availability of specific services and to make an appointment.
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