The Mental Health Parity Act of 1996 and subsequent amendments provide that larger group health plans cannot impose annual or lifetime dollar limits on mental health benefits that are less favorable than any such limits imposed on medical/surgical benefits.  There are 8 specific MHP tests as well as numerous subtests.  The DOL is now auditing medical plans for MHP.  Plans need to demonstrate compliance at the time of audit.  Are your plans in compliance?  Can you demonstrate compliance?  We will cover these important issues and more.

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Compliance and Testing for Mental Health Parity from an Actuarial Perspective

Speaker: John Marshall, FSA, MAM, EA

John is a Principal with Windsor Strategy Partners, LLC. In addition to having 30 years of experience as a pension and health care actuary, John is WSP’s lead consultant on pharmacy benefits and GASB valuations for post-employment benefits other than pension. As Actuarial Director for Benefit Advisors Network, John coordinates actuarial activity between BAN members and WSP specialties. John is a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries, a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, and an Enrolled Actuary under ERISA.