Behavioral Health Coverage Transparency Act (S 1576, 116th Congress)

Policy Details

Policy Details

Originating Entity
Last Action
Referred to Committee
Date of Last Action
May 21 2019
Congressional Session
116th Congress
Date Introduced
May 21 2019
Publication Date
Jun 5 2019

SciPol Summary

The Behavioral Health Coverage Transparency Act (HR 2874 / S 1576, 116th Congress) calls for improved parity in mental health and substance use disorder benefits. The Act would accomplish this by mandating that health insurance companies disclose their practices around mental health and substance use disorder benefits, and calling for a guidance through the Department of Labor and the Department of the Treasury to bolster parity of these services. Enforcement would be achieved in part by random audits to ensure that health insurance companies are complying.

According to a study published in 2017, many individuals in the US still have a difficult time accessing mental health and substance use disorder treatment through health insurance coverage.

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