Category Archives: Stay Informed


The Fight for Parity in Vermont

The American Psychiatric Association and Vermont Psychiatric Association officials recently asserted that BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont is in violation of  the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 by setting reimbursement rates for psychiatrists below those for primary … Continue reading

Reactions to Final Parity Ruling

On November 8th, 2013, the parity implementation ruling was finally released to address behavioral health discrimination. The long awaited ruling has garnered reactions among lawmakers, behavioral health advocates, agencies, and insurance carriers. The Obama Administration Secretary of the Department of … Continue reading

Final Parity Rule Upholds Strong Consumer Protections

After a 3 year wait, the Final Regulations for the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Act were released on November 13, 2013 and will take effect on January 13, 2013 for plans with effective dates on or after July 1, … Continue reading

Enrollment in Maryland’s Marketplace

Everyone expected the rollout of health exchanges, a critical part of the Affordable Care Act to hit a few bumps along the way. And while there are still many technical issues to be resolved on the Maryland Health Connection, consumers … Continue reading

Final Parity Regulations Released

Soon has finally arrived. After almost 3 years of waiting, consumers, providers and advocates were rewarded this morning with Final Regulations to implement and enforce the Federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. Secretary Sebelius announced the release of … Continue reading

The Kennedy Forum

Established by former congressman Patrick F. Kennedy, the Kennedy Forum strives to stay true to President Kennedy’s vision – for everyone to live dignified lives and take advantage of the benefits that come with being American. The Community Mental Health … Continue reading