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Consolidated Appropriations Act: Health and Welfare Benefits Provisions

The Consolidated Appropriations Act (the Act) was signed into law by the president on December 27, 2020, and includes significant health and welfare benefits provisions that affect group health plans and health insurance issuers. The Act is the most comprehensive single piece of legislation to impact group health plans since the Affordable Care Act.

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Virus Stokes Telemedicine, Mental Health Benefits’ Popularity

The COVID-19 pandemic that ravaged 2020 spurred workers to take advantage of telemedicine and mental health benefits more frequently, and demand for those services isn’t expected to wane in the near future, experts say.

A recent article in Law360 examined three ways the pandemic had an impact on employee benefits over the past year, with McDermott partner Jacob Mattinson weighing in.

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4 Tips to Help Benefits Plans Achieve Mental Health Parity

As federal benefits regulators turn their focus toward plans’ mental health offerings and California lawmakers expand plans’ obligations in that area, now is a great time for employers to ensure their plan approaches mental health treatment the same way as traditional medical care.

In a recent article by Law360, McDermott partner Judith Wethall helps explain the importance of mental health parity in benefits plans.

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Final Regulations on the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 and New Affordable Care Act FAQs

Final regulations have been issued implementing the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (Act). The Act generally requires group health plans (or health insurance coverage offered in connection with such a plan) to provide parity between medical and surgical benefits and mental health and/or substance use disorder benefits. Insurers and employers will be required to evaluate the design of their mental health and substance use disorder benefits to ensure that they comply with the final regulations.

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