May 12, 2009
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Benefits personnel must get ready—the passage of the Mental Health Parity Act will mean big changes to the structure of employer-sponsored health care plans.
The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act prohibits current health insurance practices that set lower limits on treatment or higher co-payments for mental health services than for other medical care.
When the law is enacted, 113 million people across the country will have the right to non-discriminatory mental health coverage, including 82 million individuals enrolled in self-funded plans (regulated under ERISA), who cannot be assisted by State parity laws.
The Act applies to plan years beginning on or after October 3, 2009, and for calendar year plans, it applies beginning January 1, 2010, so employers need to begin to evaluate their plan designs and establish a plan for compliance NOW.
Please join IOMA and our expert faculty for an in-depth look at the Mental Health Parity Act and what you need to do to be in compliance. In just 90 minutes, you'll gain a thorough understanding of how the law will affect plans that currently offer both health and mental health benefits, the financial impact of compliance, and cost exemptions that may help plans struggling with compliance.
Join us on Tuesday, May 12th, and you will:
- Learn the equality requirements for health plans and mental health/substance abuse parity plans regarding treatment limitations, financial requirements, and out of network coverage limitations
- Understand what plan sponsors need to look for in their plans and ensure the limitations they have in place are the same as those imposed on medical and hospital benefits
- Learn how to ensure that hospital stays for medical conditions are equivalent to those for mental health and substance abuse treatment
- Understand the exemptions allowed if actual uses causes excessive cost increases
- Learn how networks offered for health coverage are affected by the new law
Plus, get answers to your toughest questions on mental health and substance abuse parity design in the live Q&A session following the discussion.
Your single paid registration entitles you to as many participants as you wish in a conference room setting. Register today for just $275. IOMA subscribers pay just $245!
Roberta Casper Watson
Partner, Trenam Kemker
Roberta Casper Watson is a shareholder in Trenam, Kempker, Scharf, Barkin, Frye, O'Neill & Mullis in Tampa, Florida. She joined the firm in 1985 and became a shareholder in 1988. Her practice involves employee benefits, pension and profit sharing plans, 401(k) plans, health benefit plans, life and disability insurance plans, other welfare benefit plans, ERISA fiduciary law, employee stock ownership plans, COBRA and HIPAA compliance, deferred compensation, ERISA litigation support, and employee benefit aspects of family law. She graduated from the University of Idaho in 1971 cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science. In 1974 she earned her law degree from Harvard Law School.
Roberta is a member and past chair of the Employee Benefits Interest Group of the American Bar Association's Health Law Section and a member and past chair of the ABA Tax Section's Employee Benefits Committee. She is also past chair of the ABA's Joint Committee on Employee Benefits and is a charter fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel.
Roberta was on the board and past president of Northside Mental Health Center. She is currently Secretary of the Harvard Club of the West Coast of Florida. She is a member and past president of the Florida West Coast Employee Benefits Council and is also a member of the American Law Institute and the Tampa Bay Pension Council.
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