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Breaking Health, Episode #150


Reimbursement coverage for behavioral health services hit a milestone in 2008 when Congress passed the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) which required insurers to equalize coverage for behavioral health and medical health benefits in terms of co-pays, deductibles, lifetime caps and access to providers. Fast forward to present day when demand for behavioral health services outpaces the availability of treatment and the COVID-19 pandemic ushers in unprecedented levels of anxiety and isolation. A panel of behavioral and mental health executives dig into how the care model has shifted during the pandemic, what changes are still essential to deliver quality behavioral health care, the unique role technology can play in behavioral health care, and how both payers and providers are currently defining value for their patients.