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    • Cornell grad Tretter working on return to Packer lineup - Ithaca Journal October 24, 2014
      Ithaca JournalCornell grad Tretter working on return to Packer lineupIthaca JournalIn June of 1925, Wally Pipp was the first baseman of the New York Yankees, but a batting-practice beaning led the Bronx Bombers to turn to a young reserve named Lou Gehrig to fill in for the injured starter. The rest, of course, is Major League ...
    • In the region: Roanoke College stays unbeaten in ODAC - Roanoke Times October 22, 2014
      In the region: Roanoke College stays unbeaten in ODACRoanoke TimesLYNCHBURG — Roanoke, ranked No. 24 this week in the Division III men's soccer poll, scored in the first half and held on for a 1-0 win over Lynchburg on Tuesday night in an ODAC battle for first place. The Maroons (11-2-1, 8-0-1) remained unbeaten in ...and more »
    • Requiem for Superheroes - Bleeding Yankee Blue (blog) October 23, 2014
      Bleeding Yankee Blue (blog)Requiem for SuperheroesBleeding Yankee Blue (blog)It's like baseball, again: Babe Ruth, the Superman of baseball, has had at least 4 movies made about him, and none of them are any good; Lou Gehrig, who should never be called his "sidekick," has had 2 movies made about him, and both are very good.)and more »
    • 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 - DeKalb Daily Chronicle October 15, 2014
      No vote on Illinois fracking rules until NovemberDeKalb Daily ChronicleLou 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 ...
    • 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 ...
    • At the movies - The Intelligencer October 23, 2014
      At the moviesThe Intelligencer“23 Blast,” with Alexa Vega, Dylan Baker, Stephen Lang and Timothy Busfield in a PG-13 drama about a high school football hero who is stricken with total blindness and must decide whether to return to the sports world despite his handicap. Baker made ...and more »
    • Minutes of regular meeting of Bonham ISD Board of Trustees - North Texas e-News October 22, 2014
      Minutes of regular meeting of Bonham ISD Board of TrusteesNorth Texas e-NewsC. Director of Finance Report Presenter: Alicia Lang. • Public hearing for FIRST report on November 17th. • No changes in ... Mary Lou Fox presented the Board with a written report. H. I.W. Evans Principal Written Report. Susan Baker presented the ...
    • 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, […]
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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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