For decades, MAMH has been a leader in efforts to ensure that people with mental health and substance use conditions receive the same level of health insurance benefits – and access to services – as people with physical health conditions. This is known as “parity.” 

MAMH led the successful effort in 2000 to enact the Commonwealth’s first comprehensive mental health parity in insurance coverage legislation, An Act Relative to Mental Health Benefits. MAMH was a principal partner and leader in securing business community support to achieve legislation in 2008 to broaden the law to mandate coverage for medically necessary treatment for substance use disorders, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress and autism.

Today MAMH continues to serve as a leading voice for legislative reform, working to pass bills in the Massachusetts Legislature designed to address gaps in parity implementation and protections. These bills include provisions to increase accuracy of mental health provider networks available through insurance carriers and expand private insurance coverage of children’s mental health services and psychiatric rehabilitation. We are an active partner in the Massachusetts Mental Health and Substance Use Parity Coalition, a group of provider and consumer advocacy organizations committed to making mental health and substance use disorder parity a reality. The Massachusetts parity coalition is led by Health Law Advocates.

Click here for a brief history and substance on parity legislation.

MAMH

MAMH Perspective

Treating people with mental health and substance use conditions differently than people with physical health conditions is discriminatory. MAMH strongly believes that benefits offered by health plans for behavioral health care must be comparable to those offered for physical health care, and not be subject to more restrictive financial requirements or treatment limitations. Parity is a matter of fairness.

10 YEARS

Since the 2008 federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act became law, and it is still not fully enforced.

MAMH’s Partners

MAMH believes that partnerships are vital in making progress. We are proud to partner with organizations across the state and country. 

Health Law Advocates

Health Law Advocates

MassLegalHelp

MassLegalHelp

Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee

Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee

Disability Law Center

Disability Law Center