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    • Medical pot applications start Tuesday - Bloomington Pantagraph August 30, 2014
      CBS LocalMedical pot applications start TuesdayBloomington PantagraphPatients also have to have a fingerprint-based background check and a prescription from their doctor. State Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, who sponsored the law's pilot program, believes state regulators have done a good job putting the rules in place.Medical marijuana applications start Tue […]
    • Malaria Outbreak Threatens Lou Ariik, Warrap - gurtong August 31, 2014
      Malaria Outbreak Threatens Lou Ariik, WarrapgurtongThat is even causing a big setback and frustration." He revealed that Sub-chief, Sultan Kuel Malueth Tong has recently died of the same symptoms that we suspect to be malaria signs. "We have lost Sultan Kuel Malueth Tong, the Sub-chief of Lang-akut area.
    • Police chief gets drenched - Moultrie Observer August 30, 2014
      Police chief gets drenchedMoultrie ObserverMultiple Moultrie Police Department officers give the ice bucket challenge treatment to Police Chief Frank Lang, who challenged other area law enforcement agencies to get involved in the effort to benefit the ALS Association. Money from the challenge ...
    • Do Big Food Acquisitions Really Boost Sustainability? - International Business Times August 29, 2014
      International Business TimesDo Big Food Acquisitions Really Boost Sustainability?International Business TimesJohn Lang, a sociology professor at Occidental College in Los Angeles, said via email that he “tend[s] to be skeptical” about corporations that acquire green outfits and then claim to be pioneers in sustainability. “[Executives] have a fiduciary duty […]
    • Church Street Exchange rebirth almost complete - Orlando Sentinel August 26, 2014
      Church Street Exchange rebirth almost completeOrlando SentinelThe former shopping mall and home of disgraced boy-band mogul Lou Pearlman is now a hub for downtown technology companies. Several companies — Splyt, Echo Interaction and Plan Source — are already located there. Real estate firm Jones Lang ...and more »
    • 90 years on, push for ERA ratification continues - SaukValley.com August 11, 2014
      90 years on, push for ERA ratification continuesSaukValley.comThe Illinois resolution's chief sponsor in the Democrat-controlled House, Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang – who said he was close to securing the 71 votes needed for approval – is motivated in part by Illinois' role in the ERA drama of the 1970s. Back ...and more »
    • Solons to LWV: Don't hold your breath - Evanston Now August 25, 2014
      Solons to LWV: Don't hold your breathEvanston NowMembers of the Evanston and Skokie delegation in the Illinois General Assembly told the local League of Women Voters Monday that one of their principal legislative initiatives was going nowhere this year. The issue is a graduated rate income tax that ...
    • On the Fringe . . . - Delco News Network August 27, 2014
      On the Fringe . . .Delco News NetworkBassist Gyan Riley and drummer Matt Kilmer join her for the performance, which also includes the Philadelphia premieres of Glenn Kotche's “Three Parts Wisdom” and David T. Little's “Hellhound”, both written for Maya, and David Lang's take on Lou Reed's ...
    • Hillsborough real estate transactions for Aug. 29 - Tampabay.com August 26, 2014
      Hillsborough real estate transactions for Aug. 29Tampabay.com8845 Turnstone Haven Pl., to Morris F. Lang & Claudia J. Alvarezlang by Homes Centex, $173,200, 07-25-2014. 8618 Sandy Plains Dr., ... 9720 Lou Ann Ave., to Jayko Inc by County Clk Hillsborough & Lyle Victor Grundish Family Trust, $49,100, 07-07-2014.
    • Off they go! - Thousand Oaks Acorn August 28, 2014
      Off they go!Thousand Oaks AcornFIRST DAY OF SCHOOL—First-graders Anna Bronk, 6, left, and Delaney Bronk, 6, right, have their picture taken with their cousin Marta King, 6, in their matching dresses on thefirst day of school at Lang Ranch Elementary on Wednesday. Below, Amanda ...
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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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