Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act

Group Health Plans sponsored by State and local governmental employers must generally comply with Federal law requirements in Title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act. However, these employers are permitted to elect to exempt a plan (opt out) from the requirement listed below for any part of the plan that is “self-funded” by the employer, rather than provided through a health insurance policy. Maricopa County has elected to exempt the Maricopa County Benefits Plan from the following requirement:

Protections against having benefits for mental health and substance use disorders be subject to more restrictions than apply to medical and surgical benefits covered by the plan.

The exemption from these Federal requirements has been in effect since the Maricopa County Plan Year 2010-11, beginning July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011 and has been renewed for PY 2011-12, PY 2012-13, PY 2013-14, PY 2014-15, PY 2015-16, PY 2016-17, and PY 2017-18. The election may be renewed for subsequent plan years.