The Ohio Departments of Medicaid and Mental Health and Addiction Services recently announced that the July 1, 2018 integration of Medicaid behavioral health redesign and physical health care benefits also will achieve the state’s longstanding goal for parity between those benefits. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 defines parity and specifically prevents health plans from imposing less favorable benefit limitations on mental health or addiction disorder benefits than on medical/surgical benefits.
Ohio Medicaid assessed its benefits following guidance provided by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and, effective July 1, assured compliance with parity requirements in federal law. This announcement marks a critical step in Governor John Kasich’s strategy to rebuild community behavioral health system capacity, as well as fully integrate physical and behavioral health care services to support recovery for individuals with addiction disorder or mental illness.
Governor Kasich created the Office of Health Transformation in 2011 to modernize Medicaid, streamline health and human services programs, and improve overall health system performance. Using an innovative approach that involves collaboration among multiple state agency partners, the Administration has taken significant steps to improve services to vulnerable Ohioans, reduce costs, increase efficiency, and support the Governor’s efforts to create jobs in Ohio and reduce unemployment.
This was reported by Ohio Governor’s Office of Health Transformation on June 29, 2018.
Contact Information: Ohio Governor’s Office of Health Transformation, 77 South High Street, 30th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215; (614) 752-2784; Website: www.healthtransformation.ohio.gov