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Several federal agencies recently released new guidance to further enhance federal parity law. Federal parity law requires that coverage given for mental health and addiction disorder services matches that which is given to medical and surgical health services.

The agencies involved in the effort include Health and Human Services’ Departments of Labor and Treasury. The guidance released by the agencies includes access to several tools that are intended to help organizations implement parity, improve the coordination of parity enforcement, and to provide Congress with recommendations for improving parity compliance in the future.

It is the mission of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans. HHS fulfills that mission by providing for effective health and human services, and by fostering advances in medicine, public health, and social services.

This was reported by National Council for Behavioral Health on May 3, 2018.

Contact Information: The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 200 Independence Avenue Southwest, Washington DC 20201; (877) 696-6775; Website:

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