Category Archives: Stay Informed

Congresswoman Napolitano Urges HHS to Fully Implement Federal Parity Law

Representative Grace Napolitano, Co-Chair of the Mental Health Caucus calls for full implementation of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. In a letter she sent to Secretaries Geithner, Sebelius and Solis on July 9, 2012, she urged the … Continue reading

Mental Health Policy Update

Guest Post by Dan Martin Just because the Maryland General Assembly Session has ended doesn’t mean the mental health policy work is over. The MHAMD policy team is working tirelessly to help integrate behavioral health care, implement the provisions of … Continue reading

Maryland Health Care Reform Comment Opportunities and Resources

Throughout the summer, Maryland stakeholders will have an opportunity to weigh in on the many components of the Affordable Care Act implementation in Maryland. We know everyone is overwhelmed with the mammoth size of this task and the number of … Continue reading

Affordable Care Act Impact on Mental Health Coverage

Dr. Richard Friedman writes in the New York Times that the Affordable Care Act hasĀ  the promise of adequate health insurance coverage for all medical diagnoses, including psychiatric disorders. The combination of the individual mandate, the removal of pre-existing condition … Continue reading

Maryland Parity Project Assists With Winning Appeal

A Virginia insurer overturned their decision to deny reimbursement for 6 outpatient sessions, originally not deemed medically necessary. Recently, the Maryland Parity Project assisted a Maryland psychologist file an appeal in an attempt to secure reimbursement for 6 outpatient sessions … Continue reading

Lawsuit in Washington Tests State Mental Health Parity Law

KUOW Reports on June 11, 2012 A federal district court judge has ruled that the insurer, the defendant in a lawsuit filed to test the limits of the state’s mental health parity law, must cover treatment for neurological development disorder. … Continue reading