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    • Action Ridge group talks Equal Rights Amendment support in Park Ridge - Chicago Tribune January 9, 2018
      Chicago TribuneAction Ridge group talks Equal Rights Amendment support in Park RidgeChicago TribuneThe meeting, held by the local social outreach group Action Ridge, featured a presentation by Eden Nissani, outreach coordinator for Democratic State Rep. Lou Lang, a long-time sponsor of the Equal Rights Amendment bill in the Illinois House. Nissani ...and mor […]
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      Belleville News-DemocratState's Opioid Action Plan proposes solutions. But does it go far enough?Belleville News-DemocratSpeaking for the governor's office, Sanguinetti took issue with Lang's assessment. “We're hoping not to go the political route like it seems Lou Lang wants to,” she said. “There is enforcement, and we respectfully disag […]
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      Legal Sports ReportIllinois Sports Betting Bill Surfaces As Interest Ramps Up Across The USLegal Sports ReportWhat we know so far about the Illinois sports betting effort. H 4214 is just a placeholder bill for now, but the intent appears to be to fill it with language that would regulate sports wagering in the state. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Lou Lang ...
    • Illinois Legislature ethics commission under fire for neglecting complaints - Illinois News Network January 6, 2018
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    • This Week In Sports Law: NFL Concussion Attorney Fees, Corey Coleman Sued, Brady's Agent's Conflict - Forbes January 7, 2018
      ForbesThis Week In Sports Law: NFL Concussion Attorney Fees, Corey Coleman Sued, Brady's Agent's ConflictForbesIllinois State Representative Lou Lang has filed a sports betting bill within the state that, like other states discussing such legislation, has no true effect on the ability to engage in sports betting unless there is a change first at th […]
    • What's happening in Park Ridge: Action Ridge meets to talk Equal Rights Amendment - Chicago Tribune January 2, 2018
      Chicago TribuneWhat's happening in Park Ridge: Action Ridge meets to talk Equal Rights AmendmentChicago TribuneAction Ridge, a Park Ridge-based group dedicated to social causes, will meet Monday to discuss the Equal Rights Amendment and how to support ratification in Illinois, the group announced. The meeting, which is open to the community, will take p […]
    • Ethics group under fire for 'neglecting' complaints - Jacksonville Journal-Courier January 7, 2018
      Jacksonville Journal-CourierEthics group under fire for 'neglecting' complaintsJacksonville Journal-CourierLou Lang, D-Skokie; state Sen. Karen McConnaughay, R-St. Charles; and state Rep. Arthur Turner, D-Chicago. In the three years of vacancy, dozens of complaints piled up. Porter recently told the commission that only 10 were valid. She suggested […]
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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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