A Parity Framework
Date & Time
Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Ellen Weber, JD, Vice President, Health Initiatives, Legal Action Center
Sara Howe, MS, CHES, Chief Executive Officer, Illinois Association for Behavioral Health
Rocky Schwartz, Co-Chair, New Jersey Behavioral Health Planning Council
Moderator: Daniel Blaney-Koen, JD, Senior Legislative Attorney, American Medical Association, and Member, National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit Advisory Board
CE Certified By: AMA, AAFP, ACPE, ADA, ANCC, APA, CHES/NCHES, NAADAC, NASW, NBCC
Where do we stand 10 years after passage of the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008? Has this (and subsequent) federal and state laws succeeded in preventing limitations on mental health and substance use disorder benefits? What should the next steps be to improve enforcement?
To answer these questions, this session will feature the work of the Parity@10 Compliance Campaign — a collaboration of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, the Legal Action Center, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, TRI@Public Health Management Corporation, and The Kennedy Forum working in partnership with state advocates — which aims to ensure that (1) private and public health plans offer parity compliant mental health and substance use disorder benefits and (2) regulators end complaint-driven enforcement models that place the onus on consumers to fight for evidence-based care. The presenters will:
- Share the research analysis underlying the Parity@10 Campaign on current enforcement gaps within public and private insurance coverage for substance use disorders.
- Outline recommendations and policies to improve Parity Act compliance and access to care.
- Identify strategies that key state players, including treatment providers, consumers, and representatives from the recovery community, are pursuing to ensure Parity Act compliance by health plans and more robust enforcement by state Medicaid offices, insurance departments and Attorneys General.
UPON COMPLETION OF THIS COURSE, PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ABLE TO:
- Define the obstacles for Parity Act enforcement on the state level.
- Identify solutions to overcome obstacles to the enforcement of the Parity Act.
- Outline actions to help enforce the Parity Act and promote increased access to addiction treatment.