A new federal compliance panel is asking members of the public to tell it about their experiences with insurance coverage for mental health care and other forms of behavioral health care.
The panel, the Mental Health and Substance User Disorder Parity Task Force, says it wants to hear from “patients, families, consumer advocates, health care providers, insurers and other stakeholders.”
The task force is asking commenters to tell it about the types of information insurers and employer-sponsored health plans give when they deny coverage for behavioral health services
The task force is also asking about some of the practices state insurance departments use to enforce compliance, and methods coverage providers use to ensure that they are meeting parity standards.
“What additional actions could be taken to improve responsiveness to concerns regarding non-compliance with parity requirements, both on the part of insurance issuers and on the part of regulators?” the task force asks.
President Obama created the task force in March, in response to complaints that the level of health coverage provider compliance with federal parity standards has been poor.
The task force, which includes representatives from the White House Domestic Policy Council, the Office of National Drug Control Policy and many federal executive departments, is supposed to submit a list of recommendations for improving compliance by Oct. 31. Election Day is Nov. 8.
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