DOL Releases New Resources for Mental Health Parity Compliance

The Department of Labor (DOL) has provided new resources to promote compliance with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA), including an updated self-compliance tool. The DOL has also identified examples of nonquantitative treatment limitations (NQTLs) that may violate the MHPAEA.

The MHPAEA requires parity between mental health and substance use disorder (MH/SUD) benefits and medical and surgical benefits.

Employers should work with their issuers and benefit administrators to confirm that their health plan’s coverage of MH/SUD benefits complies with the MHPAEA, including any NQTLs. Employers should consider using the DOL’s resources to understand the MHPAEA’s requirements and review their plan designs.