Mental Health Parity for Employer-Sponsored Health Plans: New Disclosure Forms, Treatment Requirements, and Federal Enforcement

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Download (DL)     $299.00 includes recorded presentation, slides, and Q&A
Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer period.
Presenter: Christine Williams, founder, Health Plan Plain Talk
Price: $299.00, DL includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
CE Credits: This program has been approved for 1.5 general recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. This program is valid for 1.5 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.
Who Should Attend? HR, employee benefits, financial officers, in-house counsel, and CEOs

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) was first passed in 2008 but there is still confusion about how it applies to employer-sponsored health plans and what it requires. In spite of final regulations, multiple FAQs, and other guidance from the federal government, the term “parity” can mean different things to different people, and there are still issues relating to the application of annual and lifetime limits; the small-employer exemption; treatment for autism and eating disorders; residential treatment; and non-quantitative limits (NQLs). In addition, a new form has been published by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to assist employees in requesting information on MHPAEA treatment limitations from their employers and the DOL seems to be emphasizing MHPAEA enforcement.

Please join Christine Williams, founder of Health Plan Plain Talk, as she reviews the MHPAEA requirements and how to avoid compliance problems.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • What constitutes parity for purposes of the MHPAEA
  • The small employer exemption
  • Permissible use of medical management techniques
  • Non-quantitative limits and compliance issues
  • Coverage of treatment for autism, addiction, and eating disorders
  • Prescription drug requirements and use of fail-first requirements
  • DOL enforcement activity
  • The DOL MHPAEA self-compliance tool and other resources
  • The DOL disclosure form for use by employees seeking information about mental health and addiction coverage
  • The MHPAEA in the courts


Your conference leader for “Mental Health Parity for Employer-Sponsored Health Plans: New Disclosure Forms, Treatment Requirements, and Federal Enforcement” is Christine Williams. Ms. Williams has worked in the employee benefits field since 1987, both in private practice and as in-house counsel to a Fortune 100 company, and recently founded, an online resource for benefit plan sponsors and employee benefit professionals. She has extensive experience with all types of health and welfare plans, and was the editor and a contributing author of HIPAA Portability, Privacy, & Security, published by the Employee Benefits Institute of America (EBIA), a division of Thomson Reuters, and is now a contributor to that publication. She was a contributing author of Health Care Reform for Employers and Advisors, also published by EBIA. She has provided advice on HIPAA, health care reform, and benefit plan compliance to a wide range of health plans, employers that sponsor health plans, and business associates, and she regularly teaches seminars for employee benefit professionals. Before moving into employee benefits, Ms. Williams was a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice and an assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Law. She earned her J.D. degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law.


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