Mental Health Parity Update 2024: The Latest Regulatory and Litigation Trends

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) requires health plans and insurers to offer mental health coverage in “parity” with a plan’s medical or surgical coverage. In 2024, as the post-COVID era brings a national reckoning with mental health issues, mental health parity has risen to the forefront of federal and state regulatory priorities. Significant changes to mental health parity are expected in 2024 and beyond, as federal and state agencies move to enforce existing requirements and finalize proposed regulations. At the same time, federal courts continue to grapple with increasing private litigation driven by alleged violations of MHPAEA rules.

In a new webinar, Manatt will map the current regulatory and litigation landscape and its implications for stakeholders and look ahead at how to prepare your organization for upcoming developments and challenges. 

Key topics the CLE-eligible webinar will cover include:

  • The key priorities for state and federal regulators in 2024, including enforcing, strengthening, and seeking to clarify mental health parity rules
  • The significant changes to MHPAEA regulations proposed by the Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services in 2023 and the impact of the proposed changes and requirements on payers and providers
  • New lawsuits and court decisions interpreting and applying MHPAEA, including the Tenth Circuit’s recent decision in E.W. v. Health Net Life Insurance Company—the first detailed analysis from any Circuit Court of Appeals addressing the elements of ERISA claims predicated on alleged MHPAEA violations
  • The latest twists in the long-running Wit v. United Behavioral Health ERISA class action litigation


Date and Time:

Tuesday, March 26

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET


This program has been approved for 1.0 NY CLE Skills (transitional and non-transitional) and for 1.0 CA MCLE General credit.

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This program does not constitute legal advice, nor does it establish an attorney-client relationship. Views expressed by presenters are strictly their own and should not be construed to be the views of Manatt or attributed to Manatt.



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