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Washington Labor & Employment Wire » Congress Passes Technical Correction to Mental Health Parity Law

Congress Passes Technical Correction to Mental Health Parity Law

Congress recently passed legislation (S. 3712) to correct a drafting error in the “Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008.”

The mental health parity law requires health plans providing mental health coverage to provide mental health coverage in the same manner as other physical health conditions. The new legislation clarifies that the effective date for the law’s provisions covering collectively bargained plans is January 1, 2010, not January 1, 2009.

The Senate passed the technical correction legislation by unanimous consent on November 20, 2008, the House unanimously passed the bill on December 10, 2008, and the President is expected to sign the noncontroversial legislation.