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While much of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 addresses issues directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the law also contains many sections covering other health policy issues. One of these is Title II, Section 203, which aims to improve compliance with the non-quantitative treatment limitation requirements outlined in the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA).

This part of the new law requires group health plans and individual and group health insurance carriers to perform and document comparative analyses of how every plan design they offer applies non-quantitative treatment limitations for mental health and substance use disorders.  All applicable plans will need to be prepared to make this and other parity compliance information available to the federal Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Labor (DOL) upon request. 

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