Active Health Summary Plan Description
As of September 1, 2017
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17.7 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA)

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA) expanded the requirements initially provided under the Mental Health Parity Act (MPHA) that group trust funds and insurers provide equivalent benefits for mental health and substance disorder benefits.

For this Plan the effective date of the MHPAEA is July 1, 2011. It is the intention of the Board of Trustees of the Southern California IBEW-NECA Health Trust Fund and the contracted insurers (Anthem Blue Cross, Kaiser Permanente and UnitedHealthcare) that the Plan's benefits be provided in full compliance with requirements of the MHPAEA as of July 1, 2011.

Please refer to the Evidence of Coverage documents provided to you by Anthem Blue Cross, Kaiser Permanente or by UnitedHealthcare for a complete description of the mental health and substance disorder benefits available to you under the terms of the Plan through these respective insurers. If you need further assistance or have questions you can always contact the Southern California IBEW-NECA Health Trust Fund Administrative Office or the website at www.scibew-neca.org.