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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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    Abstract

    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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