Mental Health Parity

In recent years, changing federal mental health parity laws and regulations have added another layer of complexity to plan sponsors’ efforts to provide health insurance coverage.

Stephanie has detailed knowledge of those rules, and helps clients understand their obligations under federal law, comply with required disclosures and design and administer benefits plans that withstand regulators’ scrutiny when it comes to providing access to mental health services.

Her thorough knowledge of the law is instrumental in helping clients review service agreements with third party administrators, determine whether prescription drug coverage complies with mental health parity rules and evaluate coverage of services such as residential treatment for compliance.

She assists plan sponsors in evaluating their employee mental health coverage for both quantitative and non-quantitative compliance with the requirements of the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act.

Stephanie previously worked at the Employee Benefits Security Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor where she gained in-depth knowledge of the agency’s regulatory approach. She has published a primer on the issue called Mental Health Parity: A Guide for Compliance.