DOL's New Charge - Understanding and Administering the Employer's Mental Health Parity Obligations | Sessions

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DOL's New Charge - Understanding and Administering the Employer's Mental Health Parity Obligations
In-Person Tuesday 06/13/2023 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM   Add to calendar

Competencies: Business (Behavioral), Workplace (Technical) | Intended Audience: Mid-Level
Workplace Application:
This program will introduce participants to the legal and regulatory requirements of MHPAEA, offering actionable and easily understandable guidance. 

As reported in the DOL's first MHPAEA enforcement report to Congress in 2022, the DOL's Employee Benefits Security Administration offered details respecting hundreds of private employer MHPAEA compliance audits conducted by the agency in 2020. Disturbingly, not one employer audited was able to demonstrate substantive compliance with the law's requirements. This program is designed to provide intermediate and advanced HR practitioners with a practical and actionable survey of MHPAEA's requirements. Participants will survey compliant plan design schematics respecting both Quantitative Treatment Limitations ('QTL's') and Non-quantitative Treatment Limitations ('NQTL's'). Participants will also review requirements related to the employer's NQTL comparative analysis obligations. Finally, program participants will review the plan-level participant and beneficiary directed responsive communication requirements for employers responding MHPAEA related claims and coverage issues.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand and apply the concepts underlying MHPAEA, including, without limitation, mental health parity, substance use disorder parity, classification of plan-level benefits, identification of prohibited QTL's and NQTL's within a specific benefit plan; and, specific benefit testing rules;
  • Learn to identify and interpret regulatory compliance obligations respecting the plan-level administration of QTL's and NQTL's, both as written and as in actual operation of the underlying benefit plan;
  • Survey and apply the components of the DOL's required comparative analysis of NQTL's across the six (6) permitted classifications of plan-level benefits;
  • Review and understand MHPAEA's required participant and beneficiary communication requirements related to plan-level covered services and benefit claims arising in the mental health and substance use disorder context; and,
  • Review and understand the enforcement protocols and various interdiction levers available to the DOL, HHS and state-level insurance and regulatory bodies, respecting MHPAEA compliance obligations for the employer benefit plan sponsor.

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Jason Nathaniel Sheffield, National Director of Compliance,
Baldwin Risk Partners