Category Archives: Stay Informed

Stakeholders Comment on CMS Medicaid Regulations

Approximately a week has passed since the release of the proposed CMS Medicaid Mental Health Parity rules. California Hotline reviews some of the comments being made by healthcare professionals on the parity regulations. Many individuals who are insured by a private insurance … Continue reading

2015 MHAMD Legislative Wrap-Up

Guest Post by Dan Martin, Director of Public Policy   The 435th legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly drew to a close at midnight on April 13. The first in a new term, the 2015 session began with the swearing-in … Continue reading

Partial Parity for Behavioral Health Consumers

Reporter Jenny Gold of Kaiser Health News was interviewed by NPR’s Arun Rath on issues privately insured behavior health consumers are continuing to face when accessing their benefits. Under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, insurance carriers that … Continue reading

Long Awaited Medicaid Mental Health Parity Regulations Released by CMS

On April 6th CMS issued draft regulations pertaining to the federal mental health parity law and the Medicaid program. Advocates have been waiting with baited breath for these regulations for more than a few years. The regulations are 125 pages and … Continue reading

Senate Finance Committee Chair Encourages Maryland Insurance Administration to Survey Parity Compliance

As Meredith Cohn of the Baltimore Sun illustrates in her article, “Equal Coverage for Mental and Medical Health Remains an Issue, Studies Show”, understanding and dealing with their private health insurance to obtain behavioral health care is often a complicated … Continue reading

MHAMD Network Adequacy Report Cited in NAMI Parity Report

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization that provides advocacy and raises public awareness for the betterment of affected individuals and families, published a report this April entitled The Long Road Ahead—Achieving True … Continue reading

Northern District Court of Illinois Handles Large Parity Class Action Case

Psych –Appeal notes the United States District Court for the Northern District Court of Illinois has found that insurance carriers in Illinois denying members residential treatment coverage is a direction violation of the Mental Health Parity Addiction and Equity Act. … Continue reading

Original Medicare and Mental Health Benefits

Medicare was developed with the intent of providing medical and hospital coverage for American seniors. Medicare beneficiaries are usually 65 years or older or an individual who meets the special condition/disability requirements. Original Medicare is made up of benefits provided … Continue reading