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    • Caption contest! - The Capitol Fax Blog (blog) November 26, 2014
      The Capitol Fax Blog (blog)Caption contest!The Capitol Fax Blog (blog)Man, there's hardly any news at all today. I'll be shutting the blog down early today, so comment early because you won't wanna miss your chance to say “Happy 65th birthday, Rep. Lou Lang!” via our caption contest. From Lou's Facebook page…
    • Slideshow: Top video games of 2014 - Madison.com December 19, 2014
      Madison.comSlideshow: Top video games of 2014Madison.comDerrik J. Lang: Despite its grander-than-grand scale, "Inquisition" is a breathtakingly detailed role-playing saga unique to each player portraying the leader of a revolution in the fantasy realm of Thedas. BioWare deserves to be heralded for its ...and more »
    • 'Wolfenstein: The New Order' - Madison.com December 19, 2014
      Madison.com'Wolfenstein: The New Order'Madison.comLou Kesten: We got a bunch of new first-person shooters in 2014, but the freshest was this revival from Sweden's MachineGames. Set in an alternate Europe where the Nazis won, it's an expertly paced thriller with a cast of resistance fighters that I ...
    • 'Dragon Age: Inquisition' - Madison.com December 19, 2014
      Madison.com'Dragon Age: Inquisition'Madison.comLou Kesten: BioWare's overstuffed role-playing epic has everything you could want in a fantasy saga: war, magic, exploration, romance and, yes, dragons. I've spent 200 hours in its lush, frightening world and there are still huge areas I've barely ...and more »
    • 'Far Cry 4' - Madison.com December 19, 2014
      Madison.com'Far Cry 4'Madison.comDerrik J. Lang: One of the best virtual experiences I had this year was enjoying a peaceful flight across the shadows of the Himalayas in a rickety gyrocopter only to suddenly be shot out of the sky by soldiers. Then I returned fire while parachuting ...
    • 'Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor' - Madison.com December 19, 2014
      Madison.com'Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor'Madison.comLou Kesten: In Monolith Productions' brilliant take on J.R.R. Tolkien, you must challenge a series of orc warlords before going toe-to-toe with their evil boss. The result rewards a smart strategic approach as much as skillful swordplay, and it's ...
    • Empty Netter Assists - 12-19-14 - Pittsburgh Post Gazette (blog) December 19, 2014
      Pittsburgh Post Gazette (blog)Empty Netter Assists - 12-19-14Pittsburgh Post Gazette (blog)Acquired in the 1969 offseason along with Craig Cameron and a draft pick in a deal which sent Lou Angotti and a draft pick to the Blues, Schock spent eight seasons with the Penguins. In 1969-70, Schock appeared in 76 ... Lang's best season was 2000-01 ...
    • A holiday recording wrap-up - Glendale News Press December 19, 2014
      Glendale News PressA holiday recording wrap-upGlendale News PressNew England songwriter/guitarist Rick Lang earns special notice this year for his “That's What I love About Christmas” (RLM). ... Though not a singer of great distinction, Lang is joined by a sizable cast, including the versatile vocalist Annie Sellick ...and more »
    • Season of Sharing donor list for Dec. 19 - SFGate December 18, 2014
      Season of Sharing donor list for Dec. 19SFGate... $100, in memory of Boyd Swartz; Nancy Chow & Robert Spooner, $50; James & Marie Chuck, $120, in memory of Lou K. & Alice Lee; Audrey Cooper; Mike DeLuca; Shirley Dere, $300, in memory of Gilbert & Dorothy Dere; Lawrence & Barbara DiCostanzo ...
    • Of vice and men - Clinton Herald December 16, 2014
      Of vice and menClinton HeraldLou Lang, a Skokie Democrat. Lang is referring to just one of a number of business owners who looked at the law and decided to take advantage of its provisions, including an equestrian center, an apartment complex and a string of quasi-restaurants.
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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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