Mental Health

New Federal Rules Seek To Strengthen Mental Health Parity

By Maanasa Kona, Assistant Research Professor at the Center on Health Insurance Reforms On July 25, 2023, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury (the tri-agencies) proposed a new rule to strengthen the enforcement of the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) and ensure that patients can access mental health and substance […]

Administration Releases Medicaid and CHIP Mental Health and SUD Action Plan, Parity Initiatives

In another round of mental health-related announcements, this week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a Medicaid and CHIP Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Action Plan alongside Administration announcements focused on mental health parity.  The seventeen page Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Action Plan provides an overview of Medicaid and […]

HHS Awards Planning Grants to 15 States for Medicaid-Funded Behavioral Health Clinic Demonstration

This week, HHS announced that it awarded 15 states each with $1 million, one-year Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) planning grants in support of state efforts to join the Medicaid-funded CCBHC demonstration program. Awardees include: Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Rhode Island, Vermont, and […]