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Mental Health Parity

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III. Existing Resources to deal with problem
The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA) required group health plans and health insurance issuers to ensure that financial requirements (such as co-pays, deductibles) and treatment limitations (such as visit limits) applicable to mental health or substance use disorder (MH/SUD) benefits are no more restrictive than the predominant requirements or limitations applied to substantially all medical/surgical benefits. MHPAEA supplements prior provisions under the Mental Health Parity Act of 1996 (MHPA), which required parity with respect to aggregate lifetime and annual dollar limits for mental health benefits. The most recent change came with the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s signature health care legislation. It mandated that mental health services be comparable to surgical and medical services in order …show more content…

There is Military OneSource which is a free service provider by the Department of Defense to Service Members and their families to help with a broad range of concerns, including possible mental health problems. Service members also have the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) which provides information and resources about psychological health, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and traumatic brain injury. Veterans are also offered a wide array of mental health services. The U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs Mental Health Resources provides information about mental health and support services specifically for veterans. The VA Mental Health connects veterans to mental health services the VA provides for veterans and their families. The programs aim to enable people with mental health problems to live meaningful lives in their communities and achieve their full potential. All mental health care provided by VHA supports

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