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DOL/EBSA RIN: 1210-AB30 Publication ID: Fall 2009 
Title: Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act  
Abstract: Pursuant to ERISA section 712, as amended by the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA) (Pub. L. 110-343) enacted on October 8, 2008, the Department is developing regulatory guidance. 
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
CFR Citation: Not Yet Determined (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.
Legal Authority: 29 USC 1185a 
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory  as per MHPAEA section 512(d)  10/08/2009 

Statement of Need: In response to a Request for Information in April 2008, over 400 comment letters were received raising questions regarding compliance with the federal parity provisions. This regulation is needed to provide clarifications to participants, beneficiaries, health care providers, employment-based health plans, health insurance issuers, third-party administrators, brokers, underwriters, and other plan service providers regarding such provisions.

Summary of the Legal Basis: Section 505 of ERISA provides that the Secretary may prescribe such regulations as she finds necessary and appropriate to carry out the provisions of title I of the Act. Section 734 of ERISA provides that the Secretary may prescribe regulations necessary or appropriate to carry out the provisions of ERISA Part 7. MHPAEA created new federal parity provisions in ERISA section 712 and provides, in section 512(d), that the Secretary shall issue regulations to carry out the provisions of MHPAEA.

Alternatives: Alternatives will be considered following a determination of the scope and nature of the regulatory guidance needed by the public.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits: Preliminary estimates of the anticipated costs and benefits will be developed, as appropriate, following a determination regarding the alternatives to be considered.

Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
Request for Information  04/28/2009  74 FR 19155 
Request for Information Comment Period End  05/28/2009   
Interim Final Rule  04/00/2010   
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Related to 0938-AP65, Related to 1545-BI70  Related Agencies: Joint: HHS/CMS, TREAS/IRS; 
Agency Contact:
Amy J. Turner
Senior Advisor
Department of Labor
Employee Benefits Security Administration
Room N5677, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., FP Building, Room N-5653,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-8335
Fax:202 219-1942

 
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