Category Archives: Stay Informed

Psychiatrist File Suit Against Anthem Well Point for Parity Violations

  PRESS RELEASE FROM THE AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION American Psychiatric Association and Others Seek Court’s Intervention in Compelling Anthem and Wellpoint to End Alleged Discrimination Against Mental Health Patients ARLINGTON, Va. (April 11, 2013) — The American Psychiatric Association, the … Continue reading

Still Waiting on Final Parity Regulations

Senator Al Franken continues to push the Obama Administration to issue final parity regulations. While the Administration has released guidance in the last few months instructing State Medicaid Directors how to comply with parity and guidance that individual and small … Continue reading

Connecticut Toolkit will Assist Mental Health Consumers File Insurance Claims

In response to much discussion about the rate of denials for mental health treatment, the Connecticut Insurance Department will release a guide for mental health consumers to assist them in filing insurance claims for the cost of their mental health … Continue reading

Money to Enforce Federal Parity Law Included in President Obama’s Proposed Budget

As Secretary Sebelius stated in her recent key note address at the National Council of Community Behavioral Health Providers, President Obama is committed to releasing final regulations for the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. Secretary Sebelius also stressed … Continue reading

New Study Shows Increased Access to Substance Use Disorder Treatment After Federal Parity

A new study by the Health Care Cost Institute shows that access to hospital inpatient substance use disorder treatment was up by 19.5% in 2011. Other findings of note include: inpatient substance use disorder admissions increased by more than 4 … Continue reading

California Regulators Cite Kaiser Permanente for Violating Parity Laws

As written about by John Grohol in Psych Central, Kaiser Permanente, California’s largest HMO was found by the California Department of Managed Health Care to be violating patient protection laws. California requires that patients wait no more than 10 days … Continue reading