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Significant challenges remain in enforcing parity laws

October 5, 2016  |  Jill Sederstrom

Experts remain optimistic about the future of parity, even though the implementation process will be slow to bring significant change to the behavioral healthcare industry.

Some states fund comparatively low percentage of buprenorphine costs

September 22, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Advocates for Opioid Recovery recommends that governors investigate how their state Medicaid programs are covering opioid recovery treatment.

Insurer drops drug screen requirement for hep C coverage

September 13, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

As part of a $300 million settlement, UnitedHealthcare will no longer require policyholders to demonstrate abstinence from drugs and alcohol for six months before receiving coverage for a costly hepatitis C medication.

Leaders seek avenues to work collaboratively

August 10, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

The number of new coalitions and collaborations that have popped up just in the past year or so is a sure sign of everyone’s passion to make changes in how addiction treatment is delivered and how it is reimbursed.

N.Y. Dept. of Financial Services issues guidance on health insurance parity

July 28, 2016  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

The New York Department of Financial Services on Wednesday issued a letter of guidance to ensure health insurers comply with mental health parity standards. 

Hill Day delegates reach federal lawmakers

June 15, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Congressmen and their key staffers were receptive to the messages, and many said they are in fact working hard to advance legislation to increase funding, increase treatment capacity and improve access.

Medicaid rule puts IMD exclusion in better context

June 7, 2016  |  Alison Knopf

For behavioral health providers, the most significant provision of the new rule allows Medicaid to pay for 15 days of inpatient treatment in a facility with more than 16 beds, tempering the often bemoaned IMD exclusion.

New provider coalition fights for parity

May 26, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

A group of addiction treatment centers in California is launching the Addiction Treatment Advocacy Coalition, a not-for-profit entity that aims to drive parity enforcement and improved coverage of addiction services by insurance companies.

All clinicians worry about mental health access

May 25, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

A recent survey of more than 2,300 physicians and psychiatric providers revealed that even with parity laws, access is not improving for patients seeking treatment for mental disorders.

NAATP audience urged not to claim ultimate victory in parity challenges

May 17, 2016  |  Gary A. Enos. Contributing Editor

Panelists at the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) annual conference emphasized that even when insurers' violations of the parity law are successfully challenged, close monitoring of insurer behavior must continue.  

Testimony for the new federal parity task force

May 3, 2016  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

It is very timely for the federal government to assure that parity legislation is implemented broadly, but the question for the president's new task force is: What steps should the federal government take?

President’s task force aims to help end discrimination in mental health coverage

April 4, 2016  |  Kaiser Health News

Despite the landmark 2008 parity law, enforcement has been paltry, and advocates say discrimination by insurers has continued.


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