Issue Brief

No. 745

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


Karl Polzer


This paper examines the issue of mandating parity in coverage of mental health services in the context of the growing use by private-sector employers of managed behavioral health care providers. Existing parity laws are reviewed, along with estimates of the costs of parity. The tools used by behavioral health care firms to manage care and costs are also discussed.

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See also the entry for the related Forum Session (July 20, 1999).

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