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    • Rauner: Medical marijuana licenses should go to highest bidder - Chicago Sun-Times September 16, 2014
      Chicago Sun-TimesRauner: Medical marijuana licenses should go to highest bidderChicago Sun-TimesLou Lang, D-Skokie, said the law was written so that the names and any identifiers of the applicants are not known to the state agencies making the licensing decisions. Rauner, however, pointed to former Quinn chief of staff Jack Lavin, as an example ...Bruce Raun […]
    • Medical marijuana law sponsor defends secret bids - Northwest Herald September 14, 2014
      KSDKMedical marijuana law sponsor defends secret bidsNorthwest HeraldLou Lang, D-Skokie, said Friday that the law's confidentiality clause also prevents companies from getting information about competitors that could give them an advantage, The Southern reported. "The idea was to keep this not secret in the sense of ...Medical marijuana law sponsor […]
    • Chip shots September 16, 2014 - Coeur d'Alene Press September 16, 2014
      Chip shots September 16, 2014Coeur d'Alene Press2, Donna Richardson/Kelli Ealy, 178. 3, Anita Robinson/Sheila Lang, 179. 4 (tie), Kathy Campbell/Sue Ireland, Ronna Garbreath/Pat Suko, 188. Net: 1, Colleen Clancy/Mary Ann Clancy, 125. 2, Heidi Acuff/Heidi Rogers, 126. 3, Mary Lou Bunn/B.J. Morton ...
    • David Boan - Lexington Dispatch September 16, 2014
      David BoanLexington Dispatch31, 1945, in Chesterfield County, S.C., to Joseph Culius Boan and Lela Lang Boan. He was a member of Pilgrim Freewill Baptist Church and retired from Patrician Furniture. He had served in the National Guard. He was preceded in death by his parents and ...
    • 'Nico: Underground,' Starring Tammy Faye Starlite - New York Times September 14, 2014
      New York Times'Nico: Underground,' Starring Tammy Faye StarliteNew York TimesWritten by T. D. Lang (a.k.a. Ms. Starlite) and directed by Michael Schiralli, it's a blend of concert, with Ms. Starlite performing a dozen songs closely associated with Nico, and a fictionalized version of a radio interview from Melbourne in 1986 ...
    • Perth Residents Back Calls for Legalizing Medical Marijuana - ForexMinute.com September 14, 2014
      Perth Residents Back Calls for Legalizing Medical MarijuanaForexMinute.comLou Lang (D-Skokie) noted the confidentiality clause was formulated to prevent state officials in charge of reviewing applications from being influenced by political connections. He also said that this would prevent companies from obtaining and using ...and more »
    • State may keep information on medical pot companies secret - The Southern September 10, 2014
      State may keep information on medical pot companies secretThe SouthernLou Lang, D-Skokie, did not immediately return messages Tuesday seeking an explanation for the confidentiality clause written into the law he sponsored. Garrett said the information should not be kept secret. "There should be reason to prevent the ...and more »
    • PNP finance officer faces probe for alleged misuse of Yolanda donations - GMA News September 16, 2014
      PNP finance officer faces probe for alleged misuse of Yolanda donationsGMA NewsThe finance officer is assigned to the Central Visayas Police Regional Office's Police Community Relations Division, GMA Cebu's Lou-Anne Mae Rondina reported. The report withheld the name of the police officer pending the results of a pre-charge investigation. Up to P300 […]
    • The Blind Boys Of Alabama & Taj Mahal Celebrate The Season By "Talkin ... - SYS-CON Media (press release) September 16, 2014
      The Blind Boys Of Alabama & Taj Mahal Celebrate The Season By "Talkin ...SYS-CON Media (press release)They have appeared on recordings with Bonnie Raitt, Tom Waits, k.d. lang, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Willie Nelson, Susan Tedeschi, Solomon Burke, Aaron Neville, Ben Harper and most recently Justin Vernon, Patty Griffin, Merrill Garbus and Sam Amidon […]
    • Packers' Jamari Lattimore has hunger to be successful NFL starter - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel September 13, 2014
      Packers' Jamari Lattimore has hunger to be successful NFL starterMilwaukee Journal Sentinel"When he's on the field, he carries the energy for the defense," Lang said. "He's always talking, chirping. Us going against him, ... "Nobody ever heard of Lou Gehrig 60-70 years ago," Stockstill said. "And he got his chance […]
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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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