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Does the Sunset Mental Health Parity Really Matter?

Gitterman, D., R. Strum, R. Liccardo Pacula, and R.M. Scheffler. “Does the Sunset Mental Health Parity Really Matter?Administration and Policy in Mental Health 28.5 (May 2001): 353-369.


The 1996 Mental Health Parity Act (MHPA), which became effective in January 1998, is scheduled to expire in September 2001. This article provides an overview of what the MHPA intended to do and what it actually has accomplished. We summarize state legislature actions through the end of 2000 and report on their effects on employer-sponsored mental health coverage using a national survey fielded in 1999-2000. We then discuss possible amendments to the MHPA and reforms beyond full parity that might be considered.