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  • An evaluation of the introduction of parity for mental health and substance use disorders for federal employees concluded that parity had little impact on total costs (Goldman et al., 2006).

    Seven federal employee health benefit plans were compared to a matched set of health plans that did not have parity for mental health and substance use disorders. A difference-in-difference analysis suggested that increases in utilization of mental health and substance use services was associated with a general cyclical increase in service use rather than an effect of parity; differences between health plans were inconsistent and suggested that parity had little impact on expenditures for mental health and substance abuse treatment (Goldman et al., 2006).


 

 

 
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