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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|
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.
|Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined||Government Levels Affected: None|
|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;|
Amy J. Turner
Department of Labor
Employee Benefits Security Administration
Room N5677, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., FP Building, Room N-5653,
Washington, DC 20210