February 14, 2022
  • With Congress eyeing a comprehensive mental health package this year, the health insurance industry is pushing back against a pair of proposals to ramp up enforcement against plans that violate mental health parity laws by regularly denying behavioral health and addiction claims. Insurers are looking to kill a proposal to give states resources to crack down on them, and another to give the Department of Labor (DOL) the authority to increase penalties on noncompliant plans. Insurers say that they have tried to comply with the DOL law, and that the agency should first provide the industry with better examples of how they should document their compliance with the law before moving imposing fines. (Article here)