The Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 required mental health and substance use disorder benefits parity in large, employer-sponsored plans. The ACA extended those parity protections to certain Medicaid plans and individual and small group health plans.
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