CHA News Article

CHA Issues Memorandum on Mental Health Parity in California

The attached memorandum provides an overview of three mental health parity laws and summarizes — from a health care provider’s perspective — the interaction between federal and California parity requirements. Prepared for CHA by Hooper, Lundy, and Bookman, PC, the document analyzes three key issues for providers: prior authorization and emergency mental health services; residential treatment programs; and internal appeals and external reviews. To help providers apply the requirements, the memo contains several tables, including one listing coverage types and the laws that apply; a second listing federal and state regulatory authority by commercial plan type; and a third listing internal appeal and external review requirements by commercial plan type.