Parity is about fairness. Americans with behavioral health conditions often have more difficulty getting the treatment and services they need when compared to individuals seeking other medical care. Explore parity-related information regarding legislation, statutes, and regulatory actions since the Federal Parity Law was passed in 2008.
Arizona Parity Law
There is a section in the state insurance law relevant to parity and several sections about coverage for autism services.
Mental Health Coverage
- They are not allowed if they are not in place for most other medical services
- The annual maximum and lifetime maximum for mental health services must be the same as the ones for other medical services
- Mental health services and other medical services count towards the same annual maximum and lifetime maximum
Plans must cover $50,000 of “behavioral therapy” each year for children through age 8, and $25,000 for children age 9 through 16. “Behavioral therapy” includes applied behavior analysis.
Autism Spectrum Disorder is defined as autistic disorder, Asperger’s syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified.