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Two Mental Health Parity Resources Announced

This month, two resources have been launched to assist consumers, advocates and providers in addressing mental health parity issues. The Parity Implementation Coalition has collaborated with the Kennedy Forum to release the second edition of its resource guide for the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. Titled Simplifying the Appeals Process: Strategies for Winning Disputes with your Health Plan, the free guide is intended to help individuals and families when their access to behavioral health services is denied or when their health plans refuse to pay after they have received treatment. In addition, the Kennedy Forum has also developed a web-based tool called ParityTrack to inform consumers about their rights under both state and federal parity laws by providing analysis of legislation, regulatory actions and litigation.