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    • Medical marijuana rules get Illinois committee OK - MyFox Chicago July 16, 2014
      SFGateMedical marijuana rules get Illinois committee OKMyFox ChicagoYou have to have a bonafide relationship with a doctor,” Lang added. Medical cannabis program coordinator Bob Morgan says interested patients should start talking with their doctors about the program. The Illinois State Medical Society is helping its ...Illinois approves rules for medical ma […]
    • Medical pot shops are no big deal - Chicago Tribune August 1, 2014
      Medical pot shops are no big dealChicago TribuneLou Lang, D-Skokie, chief House sponsor of the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act. "But remember, this bill passed very narrowly (61-57), so I had to make a lot of compromises." Lang said his colleagues expressed concern to him ...and more »
    • Pravin Varughese's family to file lawsuit against Gaege Bethune, City of ... - The American Bazaar August 1, 2014
      Pravin Varughese's family to file lawsuit against Gaege Bethune, City of ...The American BazaarLou Lang and others have appealed to the Carbondale police department to release information on what happened to her son, but have been stonewalled. “It's been a long time to wait,” said Lovely Varughese, to the Morton Grove Champion. “It's painful . […]
    • Rauner group files appeal in term limits case - The Capitol Fax Blog (blog) July 30, 2014
      Rauner group files appeal in term limits caseThe Capitol Fax Blog (blog)A1: $5 ,500.00 in 4 contribs to Citizens for Lou Lang. elections.il.gov/CampaignDisclo… by Trib IL CampaignCash via twitter July 30 at 8:02 AM. A1: $1 ,002.91 in 1 contrib to Health Care Council of IL PAC. elections.il.gov/CampaignDisclo… by Trib IL ...
    • Morton Grove teen's family plans to file wrongful death lawsuit - Morton Grove Champion July 29, 2014
      Morton Grove teen's family plans to file wrongful death lawsuitMorton Grove ChampionLou Lang and others have appealed to the Carbondale police department to release information on what happened to her son Pravin Varughese, who attended SIU, but that the department has responded the same way it has since February, saying the case ...and more »
    • Lou Lumenick - New York Post July 30, 2014
      Lou LumenickNew York PostCult director Joseph Losey directed this Americanized version of the Fritz Lang classic, starring David Wayne, which has had some revival screenings recently. 'Death of a Salesman' (1951). Fredric March stars in this long-unavailable adaptation of ...
    • Confidential email shows lawmakers' disdain for Quinn - nwitimes.com July 28, 2014
      Confidential email shows lawmakers' disdain for Quinnnwitimes.comLou Lang, D-Skokie, for example, told Brushkin the governor's office better not go around him when it comes to negotiating a gambling expansion program. "The Gov's office had better not think they can negotiate a compromise without me at the table ...and more »
    • Protected: SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS ... - The Capitol Fax Blog (blog) July 29, 2014
      Protected: SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS ...The Capitol Fax Blog (blog)Update: Heroin Task Force hearing at Wrightwood-Ashburn Library on Chicago's South Side today drew intense interest, testimony. #twill. by State Rep. Lou Lang via twitter July 29 at 2:53 PM. Great day to be door knocking for my friend @RepCarolS […]
    • Live Music: Saturday, Aug. 2 - The Providence Journal July 30, 2014
      The Providence JournalLive Music: Saturday, Aug. 2The Providence JournalMary Lou Neville, jazz and pop, Elizabeth of Portofino, 897 Post Rd., Warwick. 461-8920. 6:30-9:30 pm. Newport Jazz Festival, Fort ... The Smokin' Toads, rock, Skyline Lounge, Lang's Bowlarama, 225 Niantic Ave., Cranston. 944-0500, langsbowlarama.com.and more »
    • Thousands of Chicagoans rally for Israel - Jewish United Fund July 28, 2014
      Jewish United FundThousands of Chicagoans rally for IsraelJewish United FundLou Lang, Alderman Debra Silverstein, Canadian Consul Scott McCook,Pastor Chris Harris and Elder Jeffrey Hodges. Those who could not attend offered comments from afar, such as AFSCME Executive Director Henry Bayer. “No nation can tolerate wanton ...and more »
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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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