Mental Health Parity Enforcement Update

Wednesday, March 16
12:00 p.m. ET

Since 2008, health plans have been prohibited from imposing different limits on mental health and substance abuse disorder benefits than are imposed on equivalent medical benefits. Historically, plan sponsors have relied on representations from their service providers that they are compliant, but now sponsors are being asked to prove it. This webinar will:

• Provide an overview of the mental health parity requirements
• Explain ongoing governmental audit initiatives
• Summarize key finding from the initial rounds of audits (hint – most plans had some non-compliance)
• Suggest some action steps plan sponsors can take to reduce their risk


Jen Dunsizer


Jen is a partner in the Vorys Columbus office and a member of the labor and employment group. Her practice focuses on employee benefits and executive compensation plans. As former Managing Corporate Counsel for a large, publicly traded employer, Jen has extensive experience in the design, implementation and administration of retirement plans, deferred compensation, health and welfare plans, insurance benefits, short- and long-term cash and equity-based incentive plans, and early retirement programs; public company disclosure obligations and merger and acquisition activity.


Jacquie Abbott

Of Counsel

Jacquie Abbott is of counsel in the Vorys’ Houston office and a member of the labor and employment group. Her practice focuses on employee benefits and related federal compensation tax matters. Jacquie is a frequent speaker on recent developments and is currently co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Taxation Welfare Benefits Subcommittee. Jacquie has extensive experience in employee benefit vendor contracting. She also provides legal advice to human resource and corporate financial services leaders on employee benefits and employment tax laws including MHPAEA, CAA, ERISA, ADEA, ADA, GINA, FMLA, COBRA, ACA, HIPAA, and other applicable federal laws.



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