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    • American Composers Orchestra to Open Carnegie Hall Season, 11/21 - Broadway World October 21, 2014
      American Composers Orchestra to Open Carnegie Hall Season, 11/21Broadway WorldUnder the leadership of Music Director George Manahan, American Composers Orchestra (ACO) returns to Carnegie Hall for the 11th season of its Orchestra Underground series, which explores the orchestra as an elastic ensemble that can respond to ...
    • Legality of Sweepstakes Machines Questioned in Report - CBS Local October 17, 2014
      CBS LocalLegality of Sweepstakes Machines Questioned in ReportCBS LocalLou Lang (D-Skokie), says it wasn't his intention to allow video gambling in Illinois “without the Gaming Board's oversight,” but says neither the Gaming Board nor the Crime Commission has reached out to express their concerns about the consequences of ...and more »
    • No vote on Illinois fracking rules until November - Charlotte Observer October 14, 2014
      No vote on Illinois fracking rules until NovemberCharlotte ObserverLou Lang said he is opposed to fracking but voted for the law because he believed it was better to regulate it than to allow it to happen without oversight. In a sign of the building pressure, Lang lashed out at opponents of fracking who have accused ...and more »
    • Unregulated Video Gambling in Illinois - Alton Daily News October 18, 2014
      Alton Daily NewsUnregulated Video Gambling in IllinoisAlton Daily NewsLou Lang (D-Skokie), says it wasn't his intention to allow video gambling in Illinois “without the Gaming Board's oversight,” but says neither the Gaming Board nor the Crime Commission has reached out to express their concerns about the consequences of ...
    • 60-year-old Korean War drama appears in original 3-D for first time on Blu-ray - New York Post October 16, 2014
      60-year-old Korean War drama appears in original 3-D for first time on Blu-rayNew York PostThe Fox Cinema Archives, another MOD program, has just released Walter Lang's “The Magnificent Dope'' (1942), a comedy starring Henry Fonda and Don Ameche, as well as the uber-obscure comedy thriller “One Wild Night'' (1938) starring June Lang, […]
    • Which Cavs are most likely to crash through the Spanish Announcer's Table? - Waiting For Next Year October 17, 2014
      Waiting For Next YearWhich Cavs are most likely to crash through the Spanish Announcer's Table?Waiting For Next YearLou Amundson – I need to review the tape, but I think Lou has spent more time flying through the air than standing this preseason. Lou is ... Matthew Dellavedova – Delly plays basketball how Clubber Lang trains, Dom Toretto drives, and Dut […]
    • Strong Presence of Democratic Leadership at IADO fundraiser - Chicago Tribune October 9, 2014
      Strong Presence of Democratic Leadership at IADO fundraiserChicago TribuneSheila Simon, US Senator Dick Durbin, Representatives Jan Schakowsky, Bill Foster, Danny Davis, and Dan Lipinski; State Senator Daniel Biss, State Representatives Lou Lang, Michelle Mussman, Robyn Gabel, Elaine Nekritz, Al Riley, and Laura Fine; ...
    • Ticket Tracker - Florida Times-Union October 17, 2014
      Florida Times-UnionTicket TrackerFlorida Times-UnionStephen Lang's “Beyond Glory,” 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, at the Florida Theatre. ... Pandora's Unforgettable Holiday Moments on Ice, with Paul Rodgers and Lou Gramm, and skaters Meryl Davis, Charlie White, Brian Boitano, Evan Lysacek and others. 7:30 p.m ...
    • Joe Lovano remains 'Gaga' for jazz - U-T San Diego October 11, 2014
      U-T San DiegoJoe Lovano remains 'Gaga' for jazzU-T San DiegoIn addition to making nearly 40 albums as a band leader since 1985, internationally acclaimed jazz saxophone great Joe Lovano has collaborated with such varied music luminaries as Herbie Hancock, Woody Herman, Dave Brubeck, k.d. lang and Lou Rawls ...and more »
    • Editorial: Marijuana selection process lacks needed transparency - Bloomington Pantagraph September 23, 2014
      Editorial: Marijuana selection process lacks needed transparencyBloomington PantagraphWe won't make a lame, smoke-filled room reference, but these decisions will occur behind closed doors. Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, said the secrecy will keep the process pure and prevent any of the pay-to-play shenanigans that haunts a lot of Illinois ...Secret process ma […]
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Illinois House Advances Rep. Lou Lang’s Mental Health Parity Enforcement Plan

(Springfield, IL) – A legislative plan to put state enforcement power behind a new federal mental health parity law is advancing in the Illinois General Assembly.

The legislation, House Bill 1530, which the Illinois House approved, 79-32, on April 6, upgrades Illinois’ existing mental health insurance parity law to match federal requirements approved in July 2010 and to give the Illinois Department Insurance the power to enforce the federal standards.

“Federal enforcement is a more remote, lighter touch, relying on telephone calls and mail,” said House Deputy Majority Lou Lang (D-Skokie).

“By matching state law to the federal standards, the Illinois Insurance Department can enforce the federal standards more aggressively than the federal government could by virtue of state face-to-face enforcement activities.”

Lang noted that neither the federal nor state law mandate mental health insurance as defined benefit, but require mental health coverage if other health benefits are offered.

“The federal law does not require coverage for mental and emotional disorders, but does require parity if such coverage is offered for hospital or medical treatment,” said Lang.

In addition to bringing Illinois’s mental health law into compliance with federal standards, Lang’s bill also adds substance abuse treatment and autism care to the list of parity required health insurance benefits.

“Addiction health care and autism health care are vital parts of the broader field of behavioral health care,” said Lang. “And their inclusion as part of a insurance parity framework is critical.”

These provisions are applicable to any plan of a small employer (with 2-50 employees), according to Lang.

“Again, the law does not require coverage for mental, substance abuse or autism,” said Lang. “It only requires parity if other health care treatments are offered.”

Illinois Department of Insurance Director Michael McRaith has noted before an earlier House committee hearing that the independent U.S. Congressional Budget Office found that parity would only cause health insurance premiums to rise by 0.4 percent.

Moreover, research shows that patients that have completed substance use disorder treatment have been shown to reduce emergency room visits by 39%, hospital stays by 35% and total medical costs by 26%.

“House approval of this legislation is an important step toward bringing health insurance parity to addiction health care,” said Lang. “However, the Senate is another key legislative hurdle in the process.”

In addition to Lang, other House sponsors include State Reps: Robyn Gabel (D), William Davis (D), Naomi Jakobsson (D), Fred Crespo (D), Dave Winters (R), Al Riley (R), Sara Feigenholtz (D) Mary Flowers (D) Joe Lyons (D), Maria Antonia Berrios (D), Jack Franks (D), Keith Farnham (D), Linda Chapa LaVia (D), Camille Lilly (D), Cynthia Soto (D), Ann Williams (D), Elizabeth Hernandez (D), John D’Amico (D), Daniel Biss (D), Pat Verschoore (D), and Harry Osterman (D).

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