Forum Session

Mental Health Coverage Parity: Separating Wheat from Chaff
July 20, 1999


Karl Polzer


This session explored the apparent disconnect between the highly publicized political battles over mandating parity in mental health benefit design and developments in a marketplace increasingly dominated by managed mental health care. Speakers analyzed how managed mental health programs tended to mute the impact of parity laws and probed public policy issues raised by managed mental health care, including concerns about access to care, quality of care, and consumer protection.


Richard G. Frank, PhD, Professor of Health Economics, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School; William Goldman, MD, Senior Vice President for Behavioral Health Sciences, United Behavioral Health, San Francisco; Darrel A. Regier, MD, MPH, Associate Director for Epidemiology and Health Policy Research, National Institute of Mental Health, HHS; Chris Koyanagi, Policy Director, Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Washington, DC; Clarke Ross, Deputy Executive Director for Public Policy, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Arlington, VA; Veronica Vaccaro Goff, Vice President, Washington Business Group on Health; Frances P. Doherty, Vice President of Government Affairs, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Owings Mills, MD

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