Benefits Mandates

This includes mandated standards of care and other mandated health services imposed by states and the federal government, including:

  • Mental Health Parity Act (1996)
  • Newborns’ and Mothers’ Protection Health Act (1996)
  • Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act (1998)

The Duke Center for Health Policy has developed a draft working paper on the benefits and costs of mandated health benefits: (pdf)


  • Maternity Benefits. Under the 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act, employers with 15 or more workers must offer maternity coverage. Some states have tighter regulations, including 12 states that mandate maternity coverage in the individual market and 17 that require it in the small-group market. See also Maternity Coverage in the Individual Health Insurance Market (House Energy and Commerce Committee, 10.12.2010).
  • Mandated Health Benefits Evaluation Reports (Massachusetts)

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