Impact of Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act

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By Stephen P. Melek, Daniel Perlman, Stoddard Davenport, Katie Matthews, Michael Mager | 22 November 2017
What has happened to utilization and costs for mental health and substance use disorder benefits as the mental health parity laws and associated rules were slowly rolled out? This paper presents an analysis of healthcare utilization and cost patterns during the six-year period from 2008 to 2013 and suggests that the Mental Health Parity and Addicition Equity Act has driven increases in access to, and benefit richness for, mental health and substance use disorder benefits.