How the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 affects MHPAEA

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The Consolidated Appropriations Act  (CAA) of 2021, recently signed into law,  does more than provide financial relief  to Americans.

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It impacts how health plans and insurers comply with the Mental  Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA). At  nearly 5,600 pages in length, the CAA is the longest bill  Congress has ever passed.1 Under it, group health plans and  health insurance issuers that offer mental health (MH) or  substance use disorder (SUD) benefits face additional reporting  and compliance requirements for nonquantitative treatment limits. 

Of particular urgency is a requirement that group health plans  and health insurance issuers complete a formal compliance  analysis and make the resulting documentation available, upon  request, to applicable regulators within 45 days of enactment of  the CAA (by February 10, 2021).

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