Category Archives: Stay Informed

Progress for Maryland’s Health Benefit Exchange

SB 238 and HB 443, which move Maryland’s Health Benefit Exchange into the next phase of implementation are moving forward in their respective houses. The bills received favorable committee reports in both the Senate Finance Committee and the Health and … Continue reading

Representatives Kennedy and Ramstad Commit to Fight for Final Rule on Mental Health Parity

Parity Champions Representatives Kennedy and Ramstad persist in the parity battle. Both were sponsors of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and were instrumental in its passage. At a lunch on March 14th at the National Press Club, … Continue reading

Mental Health Parity Around the States

Other states continue to fight mental health parity battles to ensure people have access to necessary mental health and addicition treatment. California Calfornia Insurance Commissioner enforces California mental health parity law and requires insurers to cover autism treatment. Maine Individuals in … Continue reading

Kaiser Family Foundation Releases Brief on Supreme Court Review of Affordable Care Act

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in March on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. In preparation the Kaiser Family Foundation prepared a brief overview of the pending case, including the challenges proposed and the different ways the Court can decide … Continue reading

Federal Mental Health Parity Law Prompts New Compliance Standards For Utilization Review Procedures

In 2012 any insurer who wishes to have their utilization review policies, procedures, and criteria accredited by the Utilization Review Accrediting Commission (URAC) will need to demonstrate compliance with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. As the National Parity Implementation … Continue reading