Parity FAQ for Addiction and Mental Health Consumers

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North Carolina Parity Resources

Depending on whether you are filing a complaint or appeal, the contact information below should be able to help you if you have any questions.

 

Consumer Advocates


For general information about filing a parity appeal for mental health or addictions services, you cannot go wrong with contacting one of the consumer advocates below. Each has years of experience helping consumers in the state of North Carolina.

Attorney General
For information regarding filing a complaint, click here.

Health Plan Contacts


When filing an appeal for the first time, you should contact your health plan’s customer service support line or check out their information online.

If you choose to appeal an adverse benefit determination concerning your mental health or substance use treatment or benefits, please keep in mind that the timeframe to do so varies by state, plan type, and other factors. Contact your state’s department of insurance for additional information.

Here is some contact information for North Carolina Health Plans:

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

Call Customer Service at the number found on the member ID card

Appeal form found here
Mail to:
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina
PO Box 30055
Durham, NC 27702-3055

Coventry Health Care of the Carolinas

Customer Service: (800) 935-7284 or use the number found on the member ID card.

For Appeals send to:
CHC of the Carolinas, Inc
Attn: Member Appeals Department
2801 Slater Road, Suite 200
Morrisville, NC 27560

Humana

Contact Member Services number found on back of member ID card

Grievance and Appeals Request Forms can be found here.

Humana Grievances and Appeals
P.O. Box 14165
Lexington, KY 40512-4165
Fax: 1 (800) 949-2961

United Healthcare

Contact Customer Service at the number found on the member ID card

 

State Regulators


 

Insurance Commissioner

North Carolina Department of Insurance
Insurance Commissioner
Physical Address:
11 South Boylan Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27603

Mailing Address:
NC Department of Insurance
Health Insurance Smart NC
1201 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1201
(855) 408-1212

Utilization Management Appeals

Senior Policy and Rate Analysts
Physical Address:
Dobbs Building
430 N. Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC 27603-5926

Mailing Address:
NC Department of Insurance, Life & Health
1201 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1201
(919) 807-6069
Fax: (919) 715-0198

External Review Appeals

Department of Insurance
Senior Clinical Review Analyst
537 College Street
Asheville, NC 28801
(919) 807-6865

Parity Appeals

Insurance Commissioner
Physical Address:
11 South Boylan Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27603

Mailing Address:
NC Department of Insurance
Health Insurance Smart NC
1201 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1201
(855) 408-1212

Additional North Carolina Insurance Administration Contacts, click here.

 

Federal Regulators


The federal government also can be a helpful resource if you are enrolled in a self-funded plan, Medicare, Medicaid or another type of insurance that is overseen at least in part by a federal agency. For definitions and filing information refer to the Parity Resource Guide

U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s website on the Affordable Care Act health reform law

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

(SAMHSA) Implementation Mental Health Parity Addiction Equity Act

U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits, Security Administration (EBSA) or toll-free hotline: 1.866.444.EBSA (3272)

For the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services & Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services list of exempt state and local plans, please email NonFed@cms.hhs.gov. You may ask them if any particular state and local plan has opted out of MHPAEA.

Information on requirements of employer-based insurance coverage and self-insured health plans. EBSA has benefit advisors who are available to answer questions and provide assistance in obtaining your benefits.

Consumer Guide to Disclosure Rights: Making the Most of Your Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits

 

Veteran and Military Resources


Veterans and military personnel can use these resources to get help or more information with their medical or behavioral health complaints.

Health Net Federal Services

A grievance is a written complaint or concern about a medical provider.
Click here for specific information regarding who, what and how to file.

TRICARE

View the recently released Tricare Mental Health Fact Sheet.

The appeal process is different based on the benefit issue. Depending on your issue, you can file a:
  • Factual appeal
    • This is if you were denied payment for services or supplies you received, or if payment was stopped for services or supplies previously authorized.
  • Medical necessity appeal
    • This is if prior authorization for care or services was denied because it was not deemed medically necessary. Medically necessary means it must be appropriate, reasonable, and adequate for your condition.
  • Pharmacy appeal
    • This is if you don't agree with a decision made about your pharmacy benefit. For example, Express Scripts denies your pharmacy claim.
  • Medicare-TRICARE appeal
    • This is if you're eligible for both TRICARE and Medicare, and Medicare denies your services or supplies.

If your care is denied, you should receive a letter with details about how to file your appeal.

Veterans Health Administration

Complaints are initially handled through the Patient Advocate.
Patient Advocate can be contacted at your local VA Medical Center.

Questions


If you have any additional questions about parity compliance, please contact info@paritytrack.org