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Mental Health and Substance Abuse Parity in Vermont: What Did We Learn? Trends in Insurance Coverage
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This brief is based on Mathematica?s study of
Vermont's mental health parity law enacted in 1998. The law, widely viewed as one of the most comprehensive in the nation, extended full parity to mental health and substance abuse services and required equal terms and conditions for dollar limits, service limits, and cost sharing. The study sought to determine how the implementation of parity affected major stakeholders: health plans, employers, providers, and consumers. Much of the analysis focused on the experiences of two health plans?Kaiser/Community Health Plan and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont. Together, these plans covered nearly 80 percent of the privately insured population at the time parity was implemented. The findings reflect experiences during the first two to three years after implementation. (Authors)
Cambridge, MA