President Biden’s administration recently released their new behavioral health policy, which included 395 pages of proposed rules from the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Groom principal and co-chair of the firm’s health services practice, Lisa Campbell, explored her thoughts on a potential safe harbor proposal and the new requirements on managed care with Law360 in their article “3 Takeaways from Biden’s Mental Health Parity Proposal.” 

In reference to the safe harbor proposal, “I do think it’s encouraging,” said Campbell.

According to Law360, Campbell said that “attorneys are still sorting through what the safe harbor would provide, but it suggests that plans and issuers ‘may be able to satisfy compliance by showing that they meet certain standards, as shown in their data.’”

When asked about managed care, Law360 reported that Campbell said, “Attorneys are closely studying those exemptions because they might provide a way for plans to maintain certain treatment limitations if they’re part of a broader utilization management approach that’s backed up by outside clinical standards.”

“I think we’re going to have to study this a little,” Campbell said. “What do you need to be able to show to prove that you fit within those exemptions?”

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