The Act overhauls Georgia’s mental health system by enforcing compliance with federal mental health parity law. Most notably, the Act requires health insurers to provide coverage for mental health and substance use disorders equitably with physical health and defines generally accepted standards of care. The Act requires insurers to submit annual parity compliance reports and requires the Commissioner to make annual data calls and submit annual reports. The Act requires compliance with a minimum 85% medical loss ratio. The Act provides for cancelable loans to Georgia residents enrolled in related educational programs and creates grant programs for accountability courts. The Act conditionally authorizes peace officers to involuntarily commit persons to emergency receiving facilities. Finally, the Act creates a multi-agency treatment for children team (MATCH) to facilitate collaboration across state agencies.
Justin Crozier, Betsy Hicks & Jordan Kalteux,
HB 1013: Georgia Mental Health Parity Act,
Ga. St. U. L. Rev.
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