Founder of Psych-Appeal and Austen Riggs Center Trustee Meiram Bendat, JD, PhD, testified before Congress during the Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee–Meeting the Moment: Improving Access to Behavioral and Mental Health Care–on Thursday, April 15, 2021.
During his testimony he addresses three critical issues related to gaps in many ERISA
employer-sponsored health plans (covering approximately 136 million people):
- Requiring medical necessity to link to generally accepted standards of care
- Insurance company provider network adequacy
- Enforcement of ERISA and the parity law
(Dr. Bendat’s opening remarks and answers to questions can be found at these time stamps: opening remarks at 24:10; answers to questions from subcommittee members at 30:50, 33:35, 44:21, 45:43, 1:03:18, 1:04:54, 1:21:02, 1:23:34, 1:42:20)