December 1, 2020

The Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA) and related federal laws and regulations require State Medicaid agencies to ensure that Medicaid managed care organizations and Medicaid alternative benefit plans provide mental health or substance use disorder benefits that are no more stringent than those imposed upon medical and surgical benefits in the same classifications. In addition to federal law, the Legislature passed House Bill 19-1269 which requires HCPF to prepare an annual parity report to the General Assembly and to contract an external quality review organization to ensure the RAEs are in compliance with MHPAEA.