Understanding Mental Health Parity: Regulatory, Policy and Litigation Trends

Gain a multi-dimensional view of mental health parity and its impact on health plans and the patients they serve in a new Manatt webinar.

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) requires health plans to provide equal levels of coverage for mental health conditions and substance use disorders (SUDs) as they do for physical illnesses. Mental health parity has become an increasingly critical challenge for health plans, partly driven by the exploding opioid crisis that is dominating headlines and making SUDs and mental health problems a central issue in the national healthcare debate.

In a new webinar, Manatt examines mental health parity and its effects on health plans and state regulators from multiple perspectives—regulatory, policy and litigation. The program will provide multifaceted insights into a full range of key topics—from defining requirements to developing compliance practices to analyzing the latest lawsuits that are shaping MHPAEA’s implementation. During the session, you will:

  • Learn how to define Quantitative Treatment Limitations (QTLs) and Non-Quantitative Treatment Limitations (NQTLs).
  • Identify the policies that impact QTLs and NQTLs—and determine which may need to be replaced.
  • Understand the procedural reviews required to assess whether MHPAEA is being followed in practice.
  • Uncover potential problem areas (and solutions) for plans.
  • Explore the approaches that state insurance regulators are using—from data calls to market conduct exams to oversight consultants—to ensure mental health parity goals are being achieved, including real-world examples from states that are leading the way.
  • Find out what tools the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) is considering to examine parity violations.
  • Discover the newest products being launched to support health plans and insurers in self-examining compliance and preparing for regulatory oversight.
  • Get an update on recent litigation, including the use of ERISA class actions (and individual actions) to forge new law and the impact of Wit v. United Behavioral Health on defining “generally accepted standards of care.”
  • Analyze the different approaches in lawsuits being taken to attack QTLs and NQTLs.
  • Look ahead to what’s next, including issues around opioids and fraud and abuse.

Joel Ario, Managing Director, Manatt Health
Michael Kolber, Partner, Litigation
Joseph Laska, Partner, Manatt Health

Date and Time
September 17, 2019

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

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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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