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Parity, mentioned in both the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 and in the Affordable Care Act is a concept that is often misunderstood. In an effort to relieve some of this confusion, today we are going to breakdown what parity is and is not, who it applies to and what the purpose of parity is.
What Is Parity?
Parity is defined as equal or equivalent, at symmetry, not favoring one over another, or fairly matched.
By presidential proclamation, December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. This month seems particularly suited to this observation because traffic fatalities that involve impaired drivers increase significantly during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday periods.[i] But impaired driving is a roadway hazard that exists throughout the year.