A new action plan released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) aims to improve enforcement of parity requirements for substance use disorder coverage.

As required under the 21st Century Cures Act, HHS convened a public meeting of stakeholders and produced the action plan to improve federal and state coordination of enforcement of parity requirements outlined in several previous statutes.

The action plan includes steps taken or planned by HHS and the Department of Labor to ensure proper enforcement of parity laws, such as the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. Both departments have produced new resources and begun releasing data to help insurers, plan participants, and other stakeholders understand whether plans comply.

The action plan focuses on five categories:

  • reporting and enforcement;
  • disclosure requirements and increased transparency;
  • consumer and compliance tools;
  • state technical assistance; and
  • research.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.