Advocates are pushing for regulators to certify that health plans are in compliance with parity rules before they can be offered on the market, something done by just a handful of states presently. (Image: Shutterstock)

It may be the law of the land, but enforcement isn’t keeping up with violations of the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008.

A recent report by Modern Healthcare examined five different types of violations for fiscal 2017 as enumerated by the Department of Labor: 49 percent were non-quantitative treatment limitations, including restrictive fail-first policies, prior authorization requirements and written treatment plan requirements. In addition, 28 percent were quantitative treatment limitations, including higher copays or lower visit limits than for medical/surgical care; cumulative treatment limits; impermissible annual limits; and benefit classifications.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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