By NCL Executive Assistant Adrienne Archer
For many consumers, securing access to reliable and affordable mental health care can prove to be a difficult feat. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MPHAEA) of 2018 require health plans to provide the same level of benefits for mental and substance use treatment and services as for medical and surgical care, otherwise known as “mental health parity”. Provisions were expanded so that the health plans could also cover behavioral treatments and services. Yet despite the passage of the MHPAEA, significant barriers and disparities persist in the mental health care space.