Roundtable Discussion: Road Trip to Mental Health Parity: Are We There Yet?
Thursday, August 22, 1:30 pm – 3 pm
In 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published rules requiring state Medicaid agencies to comply with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (Parity) and to demonstrate compliance with the Parity rule by Oct. 2, 2017. States have completed and posted their initial Parity compliance determinations, but have they arrived? Mercer Governmental Health Services Consultants will provide an overview of the issue and compliance tips and tools, such as how to efficiently conduct the analysis for non-quantitative treatment limits and use data to monitor Parity compliance in operation. A panel of state representatives will share their strategies, decisions, activities, remedial approaches, and ongoing processes around demonstrating and maintaining parity compliance to strengthen access to mental health and substance use disorder services for their Medicaid beneficiaries.
Senior Health Policy Advisor
Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner
Medicaid Programs Unit Manager
Health Systems Division,Oregon Health Authority
Shawn Thiele Sacks, LCSW
Principal, Mercer Government Human Services
Kellie Wayda, MSW, LSW
Director, Western Operations
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Human Services, Bureau of Community and Hospital Operations