BALTIMORE – Maryland Insurance Commissioner Kathleen A. Birrane has announced that the Maryland Insurance Administration will hold its first virtual public hearing on mental health parity reporting regulations.
Legislation enacted during the abbreviated 2020 Session of the General Assembly requires insurers, nonprofit health service plans, health maintenance organizations and any other entity that offers health benefit plans in Maryland to submit reports to the Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA) to demonstrate compliance with the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, also known as MHPAEA. The Legislation, codified at Md. Code Ann. Section 15-144, sets forth the content of the reports, which are due in March 2022 and March 2024.
The new law requires Commissioner Birrane to adopt by December 31, 2021, a standard report form and regulations implementing the reporting requirements, including ensuring uniform definitions and methodologies to be used by insurance carriers when preparing the required reports. The law directs the MIA to work closely with interested stakeholders to develop the regulations.
The first public hearing will be held on Monday, November 23, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will include presentations by
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