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    • Illinois Rep. Lou Lang, left, and Gov. Bruce Rauner - Crain's Chicago Business (blog) August 5, 2015
      Illinois Rep. Lou Lang, left, and Gov. Bruce RaunerCrain's Chicago Business (blog)Lou Lang—Skokie Democrat, harsh critic of GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner, deputy majority leader in Speaker Mike Madigan's House—happened to hit up that very same governor for a job for his daughter. Or, more accurately, a renewal of the part-time post she ...and more »
    • Triple Play's founder honored with Duke Humanitarian Award - News & Observer October 6, 2015
      Triple Play's founder honored with Duke Humanitarian AwardNews & ObserverRosati was a soccer player for the Cavaliers, but, today, while his mind is still sharp, his body is the victim of ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig Disease. ALS is a neurodegenerative disease that is often inevitably fatal. CBS News and other ...
    • A new harvest gets underway in downstate Illinois - Chicago Sun-Times October 4, 2015
      Chicago Sun-TimesA new harvest gets underway in downstate IllinoisChicago Sun-TimesLou Lang, D-Skokie, who championed the medical marijuana program, said he thinks the governor is being “shortsighted.” “I also believe he is trying to make it look like he cares about these patients, but in fact a four-month extension doesn't really do ...and more » […]
    • Classical & Opera Listings for Oct. 2-8 - New York Times October 1, 2015
      New York TimesClassical & Opera Listings for Oct. 2-8New York TimesDecoda (Saturday) Presented alongside the Metropolitan Museum's exhibition of portraits by John Singer Sargent, this ensemble offers a concert of musical character studies by composers including Britten, Ravel, David Lang, Lou Harrison and Paul Moravec.
    • Campaign cash flows from medical marijuana interests to state Rep. Lou Lang - Reboot Illinois June 15, 2015
      Reboot IllinoisCampaign cash flows from medical marijuana interests to state Rep. Lou LangReboot IllinoisLou Lang isn't a household name, but the veteran state legislator is well known to many as the driving force behind one of the biggest changes to Illinois' law books in decades: The legalization of medical marijuana. He's also been showered […]
    • How Melissa Smey, Director of the Miller Theater, Spends Her Sunday - New York Times October 2, 2015
      New York TimesHow Melissa Smey, Director of the Miller Theater, Spends Her SundayNew York TimesLately it's been “Amelia,” this beautiful dance film choreographed by Édouard Lock with music by David Lang. He reorchestrated songs by Lou Reed, and they're completely transformed. We've also been rewatching “Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould […]
    • Erie-area education calendar: Oct. 4 - GoErie.com October 4, 2015
      GoErie.comErie-area education calendar: Oct. 4GoErie.comOct. 6: Nick Lang presents "A Voyage Through the Solar System." Oct. 20: Scott McKenzie presents "Prehistoric Erie." ... Lou Tullio -- A Real Erie Guy: Wednesday, Oct. 7, 7-8:30 p.m. Cost: $10; $15 with guest. LOST WOMEN OF HISTORY: Thursday, Oct. 8, ...and more »
    • Carol Marin: 'The Shark' swims in hazardous waters - Chicago Sun-Times October 2, 2015
      Chicago Sun-TimesCarol Marin: 'The Shark' swims in hazardous watersChicago Sun-TimesLou Lang, D-Skokie, estimates the cost of expanded Medicaid coverage would be $25 million a year. Skeptics claim the cost would be even higher. But there is also a cost to doing nothing. The Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association estimates ...
    • Not even a psychiatrist can help Allen Chastanet's UWP - St. Lucia Times Online News (press release) October 4, 2015
      St. Lucia Times Online News (press release)Not even a psychiatrist can help Allen Chastanet's UWPSt. Lucia Times Online News (press release)The youth arm is in disarray replaced by a civil servant, a mendicant in the person of Dan Stephens; Ezechiel Joseph (Lang Lou) is blasting everyone at a zonal conference suspected of not supporting his cabal and ac […]
    • 9/3/15 Full Show Podcast (Rep. Lou Lang, Rich Lenkov, Pretty Late Replay ... - WGN Radio September 5, 2015
      WGN Radio9/3/15 Full Show Podcast (Rep. Lou Lang, Rich Lenkov, Pretty Late Replay ...WGN RadioPatti opens the show with a Springfield update from leader Lou Lang. Then, our friends at Knife and Tine preview an event you can't miss. Later, we once again steal some audio from another WGN show for our Pretty Late replay. Finally, Rich Lenkov sorts ...
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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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