Maryland Insurance Administration to Host Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act Survey Stakeholder Meeting

The Maryland Insurance Administration will hold a public meeting regarding the third Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) market conduct survey. The meeting will focus on input from interested parties regarding specific areas of concern for privately insured consumers accessing covered mental health and substance use disorder services.  For meeting date, time, and location details, please see below.
 
The previous two surveys examined carriers’ internal processes and policies for MHPAEA compliance and how the processes and policies are developed. The Insurance Administration intends to focus the third survey on evaluating whether carriers apply those processes and policies consistently and uniformly to both mental health and substance use disorder benefits and medical/surgical benefits. The Insurance Admionistration is interested in hearing suggestions for specific survey questions, documents and data that should be collected from insurance carriers for review, and tools that may be implemented to facilitate a MHPAEA review beyond initial form and policy evaluation.
 
Meeting date, time, and location:
 
Date: August 21, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm 
Place: CCBC Catonsville, 800 South Rolling Road, Baltimore, MD 21228, Mathematics and Science Hall Room 027. Click HERE to get directions.
 
Interested parties are invited to attend the public meeting and to submit comments in writing in advance. Please RSVP and direct all questions or written comments by email to darcim.smith@maryland.gov or by mail addressed to the Maryland Insurance Administration, 200 St.  Paul Place, Suite 2700, Baltimore, Maryland 21202, ATTN: Darci Smith, Special Assistant - MHPAEA, Compliance and Enforcement. All comments must be received by 5pm on August 16, 2017.
 
For those individuals who are unable to attend in person, the Administration will have a conference call line available. The number is 866-247-6034 and the passcode is 1573490062.