Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force Holds Listening Session with Key Stakeholders
By: Kathryn Martin, Acting Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at HHS
On June 10th, Secretary Burwell and Office of National Drug Control Policy Director, Michael Botticelli, hosted a listening session to engage stakeholders in a discussion about mental health and substance use disorder parity implementation. Fifteen leaders of organizations representing consumer and provider groups from the mental health and addiction fields shared their perspective and offered recommendations for how to improve awareness of and compliance with the law.
More than 170 million people have better insurance coverage for mental health and substance use disorder care thanks to new coverage and parity protections in the Affordable Care Act, the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and Medicaid/CHIP.
The President established the Task Force on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity (www.hhs.gov/parity) to build on that progress and to focus federal agencies on realizing these improvements.
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