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The Effects of Mental Health Parity on Spending and Utilization for Bipolar, Major Depression, and Adjustment Disorders


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  • Alisa B. Busch
  • Frank Yoon
  • Colleen L. Barry
  • Vanessa Azzone
  • Sharon-Lise T. Normand
  • Howard H. Goldman
  • Haiden A. Huskamp
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    This article counters concerns that benefit expansion under parity would increase spending. The study finds that mental health parity provisions in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program reduced total out-of-pocket spending for patients with more-severe behavioral health conditions, while the level of services they received remained largely unchanged. The study also found, however, that individuals with less-severe but acute mental health conditions received fewer services, suggesting that health plans manage benefits selectively.

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    Paper provided by Mathematica Policy Research in its series Mathematica Policy Research Reports with number 7668.

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    Date of creation: 28 Feb 2013
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    Handle: RePEc:mpr:mprres:7668

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    Keywords: Bipolar Disorder; Adjustment Disorder; Mental Health; Parity;

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