How Do Parity and Health Reform Affect Insurance Coverage of Tobacco Cessation?

by Rebecca Farley on August 15, 2011

A new fact sheet from the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium describes how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) affect insurance coverage for tobacco cessation benefits.

The MHPAEA was enacted in 2008, and the ACA extended its provisions to apply to most insurance plans – meaning that as of 2014, nearly all insurers will have to cover mental health and substance use benefits at parity with medical/surgical benefits. “The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and the Affordable Care Act: Implications for Coverage of Tobacco Cessation Benefits” answers frequently asked questions about these laws and tobacco cessation, including:

  • Does MHPAEA require plans to offer SUD benefits?
  • What effect does the MHPAEA have on tobacco cessation benefits?
  • How does the ACA interact with the MHPAEA?
  • And more.

Click here to read the fact sheet, or visit the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium website.

 

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