BEFORE 4PM! Support HB 342 for better mental health coverage for Utahns!

Ask legislators on the House Business and Labor Committee to support HB 342 Mental Health Insurance Requirements!

In 2008 the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) was created at the federal level to ensure mental health and substance use disorders (behavioral health) were given insurance coverage equal to that of medical and surgical benefits (physical health). Although this protection exists at a federal level, it has been difficult to regulate at the state level. HB 342 Mental Health Insurance Requirements by Rep. Brian King (D-Salt Lake) provides some guidelines to help the department of insurance to better enforce federal mental health parity laws for insurance providers in the state.

Simply click “Start Writing” to ask legislators to vote YES on HB 342 BEFORE 4PM!

What would HB 342 Mental Health Insurance Requirements do?

HB 342 provides some guidelines to help the department of insurance to better enforce federal mental health parity laws for insurance providers in the state. The bill also prevents some insurers from imposing limitations on behavioral treatment benefits, requires insurers to submit an annual report on the behavioral benefits they have provided and whether or not they are in compliance with the federal guidelines and requires reporting for other pertinent parameters laid out by the federal regulations, among other things.

Ask legislators on the House Business and Labor Committee to vote YES on HB 342 BEFORE 4PM!

(Remember to personalize your comments for the greatest impact! Why do YOU support this proposal?)

  • Utah has one of the highest rates of suicide in the country, and access to behavioral healthcare is an important step toward suicide prevention.
  • Utah also has a significantly high rate of opioid usage, with one in five residents dying from opioids every week.
  • Enforcing federal mental health parity standards will help Utahns have better access to the treatment necessary to help address these issues and create a healthier community.
  • HB 342 also creates opportunities for insurers to improve their network adequacy for providers and their insured persons.

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