The National Senior Citizens Law Center is a non-profit organization whose principal mission is to protect the rights of low-income older adults. Through advocacy, litigation, and the education and counseling of local advocates, we seek to ensure the health and economic security of those with limited income and resources, and to preserve their access to the courts.
Medicare Mental Health Parity Rules Finalized
On November 13, 2013, the Obama Administration promulgated final regulations for the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA). The release of these regulations is a tremendous step forward for mental health advocacy. Congress enacted the MHPAEA in 2008, the same year it passed the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA). Both of these pieces of legislation provide greater access to mental health services. The MHPAEA final rules do not impact seniors receiving Medicare, however, MIPPA progress continues to end mental health discrimination in Medicare.
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