Category Archives: Stay Informed

Governor O’Malley Signs Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Legislation

On May 2, Governor O’Malley signed into law two pieces of legislation that will better enable the Maryland Insurance Administration to fully enforce the federal parity law and better allow consumers to exercise their rights. A small group of parity … Continue reading

First Parity Court Ruling in Favor of the MH/SUD Consumer

On May 2, 2013 the United States District Court in Vermont issued the first ruling in the country on the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. While the Court has not yet issued a final decision in the case, … Continue reading

Parity in the Spring Time

SAMSHA data predicts that substance use disorder treatment will be the most needed behavioral health benefit for individuals who qualify for tax subsidies as they enroll into an Exchange plan. As many as 15% of the eligible population may need … Continue reading

Connecticut Passes Mental Health Parity Legislation as Part of Larger Gun Package

Sections 70 and 79 of Connecticut’s recently passed gun control legislation,  SB 1160, addresses issues with insurers not providing adequate coverage for mental health treatment. Some Connecticut legislators stated that this section of the bill helped the bill gain passage. … Continue reading

Getting Involved With Health Care Reform In Maryland

There a many ways to get involved in Maryland’s implementation of Health Care Reform. Apply to be a member of an advisory committee. Maryland Health Benefit Exchange will establish a standing advisory committee in March 2013, which must include consumer … Continue reading