The federal Mental Health Parity Act of 1996 requires insurers to offer the same benefits for mental disorders and substance abuse as they would for physical disorders, including any annual or lifetime limitations and restrictions placed upon such coverage. To date, twenty states across the nation have enacted parity laws for mental health and/or substance abuse benefits. This report summarizes the essential issues facing the state of Florida in the development of state mental health parity legislation, including an examination of the experiences of other states, a look at potential benefits, and a discussion of the impact of managed care and insurance benefit design on the costs of parity for mental health benefits.
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Levin, Bruce Lubostsky; Hanson, Ardis; Coe, Richard; and Taylor, Ann C., "Mental health parity: 1998 national and state perspectives" (1998). Community and Family Health Faculty Publications. Paper 2.