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Parity Coalition presses for action in Florida

May 4, 2012
by Dennis Grantham, Editor-in-Chief
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Advocates say Blue Cross of Florida cannot justify reimbursement cuts to behavioral health

 

For some time now, addiction treatment providers have maintained that some health insurers are stretching—or violating—the bounds of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA). 

In a breaking story, Gary Enos, editor of our sister publication, Addiction Professional, highlights the comments of Sam Muszynski, head of the American Psychiatric Association’s Office of Healthcare Systems and Financing, who cites “first hand evidence” that while behavioral health providers took a 15% to 40% cut in rates starting in January, providers on the med/surg side took no such cut.

More parity related concerns are sure to bubble up at the annual National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) conference in Phoenix later this month.

If you’re a provider, what has been your experience with parity legislation?  Are insurers following both the letter and the spirit of the parity legislation?

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