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    • Medical pot dilemma: Where to get the first seeds? - STLtoday.com November 1, 2014
      Medical pot dilemma: Where to get the first seeds?STLtoday.comLou Lang, who sponsored Illinois' medical marijuana law, concedes lawmakers knew there was an issue. “We did not address it in the bill on purpose,” he said. “We can't sanction in a law doing an illegal act.” David Ittel has sold indoor gardening ...
    • Quick look: New this week at the movies - East Valley Tribune October 31, 2014
      Quick look: New this week at the moviesEast Valley TribuneLou Bloom is a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cutthroat, dangerous realm ...
    • Acquiring first seeds a dilemma for medical marijuana growers - McDonough Voice October 30, 2014
      Acquiring first seeds a dilemma for medical marijuana growersMcDonough VoiceLou Lang, who sponsored Illinois' medical marijuana law, concedes lawmakers knew there was an issue. “We did not address it in the bill on purpose,” he said. “We can't sanction in a law doing an illegal act.” David Ittel has sold indoor gardening ...and more »
    • St. John's High School class of 1964 celebrates 50th reunion - Delphos Herald October 30, 2014
      Delphos HeraldSt. John's High School class of 1964 celebrates 50th reunionDelphos Herald... Pam Clark Hanser, Candi Patton Shafer, Sharon Drewyore Hines, Susan Nomina Lang, Diana Grubenhoff and Nancy Welch Williams; row three, Mary Lou Williams Harman, Jane Wrasman Goergens, Judy Trentman Pohlman, Mariella Shumaker Meyer, ...
    • Advocates, pols push crime victim constitutional amendment - Chicago Sun-Times October 28, 2014
      Chicago Sun-TimesAdvocates, pols push crime victim constitutional amendmentChicago Sun-TimesLou Lang, supporters sought to raise awareness of the so-called “Marsy's Law” proposal that on Nov. 4 is among a historically high number of hot-button issues voters are being asked to weigh in on. “The constitutional amendment for the Crime Victims ...and more » […]
    • Troy Turkey Trot hosting two food drives - Troy Record October 29, 2014
      Troy Turkey Trot hosting two food drivesTroy RecordAdded Mayor Lou Rosamilia: “We encourage Trojans to participate in this initiative and we look forward to providing assistance to families who may need a little help during this special time of year. The city of Troy is eager to join with the Troy ...2014 Troy Turkey Trot organizers expect record turnoutThe […]
    • Movie capsules - Bucks County Courier Times October 30, 2014
      Movie capsulesBucks County Courier Times23 BLAST: (NP) Alexa Vega, Dylan Baker and Stephen Lang star in this 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 condition. (98 minutes) Some teen drinking.and more »
    • 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 ...
    • 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 »
    • 8 Most Inspirational Sports Movies of All Time - WhoSay October 26, 2014
      WhoSay8 Most Inspirational Sports Movies of All TimeWhoSayStarring Mark Hapka, Bram Hoover, Stephen Lang, Becky Ann Baker, Alexa Vega, and other talented celebs, the film follows the true life story of Travis Freeman, an avid football player who suddenly became blind. However, through his adversities, the ...
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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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