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Fact Sheet: HD 977 - An act requiring mental health parity for disability policies

Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee

Currently there are discriminatory limitations in private short- and long- term disability policies on benefits paid to persons disabled by mental disorders. Either no benefits are paid to these workers or they are paid for a shorter period of time than persons disabled by physical disorders. This bill prevents insurance companies from limiting disability benefits ONLY for those with behavioral health diagnoses.

A coy of the fact sheet and the bill are attached.

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