The Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) is using its annual conference in Atlanta to remind the benefits world that the United States is implementing two major health reform programs.

One is the widely covered Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), and the others is the much less publicized Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA).

DMEC, a nonprofit group with about 4,500 disability and absence management community members, worked with Pacific Resources Benefits Advisors LLC to put out a white paper this week on the effects of PPACA on employers' absence and disability programs.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, ThinkAdvisor's insurance editor, previously was LifeHealthPro's health insurance editor. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @Think_Allison.