Category Archives: Stay Informed


Class Action Lawsuit Filed in California Alleging Violation of State Parity Law

Press Release of the Los Angeles Law Firm of Cohen Mckeon, May 21, 2012 A class-action lawsuit was filed against United Healthcare Insurance Company, US Behavioral Plan, and California United Behavioral Health, which contracts with employers such as the University of … Continue reading

Understand Basic Insurance Concepts

Earlier this month SAMHSA sponsored a webinar entitled Understanding Basic Insurance Concepts. Presenters from Milliman provided participants with easy to understand explanations of the underpinnings of health insurance. Topics discussed included: the difference between insured and self-insured employer plans co-insurance … Continue reading

New York Fines 15 Insurance Companies for Noncompliance With Mental Health Parity Law

New York Recently, 15 insurance companies were fined a combined $2.7 million dollars for failure to comply with Timothy’s Law, New York’s mental health parity law. Read Rep Tonkos Response Oregon Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon has slashed … Continue reading

DOL Releases New FAQ on Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act

The US Department of Labor released new FAQ on Implementation of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 on May 9, 2012.  The FAQ are fairly general and contain little new or not previously released information. A … Continue reading

MHAMD Co-Coordinating SAMHSA Healthcare Reform Learning Collaborative in Maryland

MHAMD is proud to join the Maryland Addictions Directors Council in coordinating the Maryland Cohort for SAMHSA Healthcare Reform Learning Collaborative. This collaborative will provide many opportunities including the opportunity to dialogue with stakeholders in other states, participation in webinars … Continue reading

Mental Health Parity Survey

The Maryland Parity Project is hoping to increase the effectiveness of our case filing effort by focusing on patterns of parity violations. Please help us identify common provider problems and let us know the issues that are most important to you. … Continue reading

Carters Urge Obama Administration to Finalize Mental Health Parity Law

Georgia Health News reports that former President Carter and former First Lady Carter spoke out against HHS’s delay in promulgating final regulations for the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. Mrs. Carter who was strong advocate for the law’s … Continue reading