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Mental Health (MH) and Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Parity

In March of 2016 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a rule to strengthen access to mental health (MH) and substance use disorder services (SUD) for people with Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or Alternative Benefit Plan (ABP) coverage, similar to the requirements that were already in place for private health insurance plans.

In summary, the rule requires Medicaid Managed Care Plans, Children’s Health Insurance Programs and Alternative Benefit Plans to ensure that they are not placing limits on access to MH or SUD services that are not similarly applied to medical/surgical services.

In order to ensure that inappropriate limits are not being placed on these services, the NH Department of Health and Human Services [NHDHHS] is required to conduct a Parity Analysis and submit the results of this analysis to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services no later than October 2, 2017.

This website is intended to provide information about NH’s Medicaid Program Parity Analysis process. Stakeholder feedback is invited and encouraged, as are questions about the Parity Analysis process.

For questions or suggestions, email: nhparity@dhhs.nh.gov

NH DHHS Parity Analysis Documents

Ongoing Monitoring Plan

Review the Draft Parity Ongoing Compliance Monitoring Plan Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol and send your comments, questions, and suggestions about the plan to: nhparity@dhhs.nh.gov no later than September 14, 2017.

Parity Analysis

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services Medicaid Program Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Analysis Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol. If you have questions about this report, please contact the Department via the Parity Analysis dedicated email address: nhparity@dhhs.nh.gov.

Parity Analysis Guidance

DHHS has finalized the tools to be used by New Hampshire’s two Managed Care Plans, Well Sense Health Plan and New Hampshire Healthy Families, to complete the Parity Analysis. The Plans will complete the analysis and submit their findings to DHHS no later than September 15, 2017. DHHS will review the Plans’ findings and develop a report of the findings for submission to the CMS in October 2017. Findings of the Parity Analysis will be made public through posting on this web page.

Communications
MCAC Presentations


Stakeholder Forums August 2017
Learn what parity is, how it affects you and how the Department of Health and Human Services is overseeing the law. Both in-person and webinar sessions are available.

August 2017 Parity PowerPoint Presentation Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol


Resources

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