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    • The Pulse of Springfield: Representatives Feigenholtz and Kifowit and Leader Lou Lang on Michael Madigan - WGN Radio January 12, 2017
      WGN RadioThe Pulse of Springfield: Representatives Feigenholtz and Kifowit and Leader Lou Lang on Michael MadiganWGN RadioThen, State Representative Stephanie Kifowit joined the conversation to reflect on the remarks she made in front of the House before they voted Madigan in. Finally, Leader Lou Lang chimed in to try and help correct the narrative on who Mi […]
    • Regime change unlikely in elections in suburbs - Nadig Newspapers January 19, 2017
      Regime change unlikely in elections in suburbsNadig NewspapersIt's called the "Land of Lang," run by Democratic township Committeeman Lou Lang, who has been a state representative since 1987 and who is chairman of the local Caucus Party, which dominates the municipalities and the township. Lang has $1,095,981 ...and more »
    • Springfield's First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Aims To Remove Stigma - FOX Illinois January 10, 2017
      FOX IllinoisSpringfield's First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Aims To Remove StigmaFOX IllinoisRepresentative Lou Lang sponsored the medical marijuana bill in Illinois. He says since the program's inception, about 13,000 sick patients statewide have signed up, but there are a couple things he'd like to change. "How to get more revenue out […]
    • St. Andrews society remembers Auld Lang Syne composer at annual dinner - Aiken Standard January 22, 2017
      Aiken StandardSt. Andrews society remembers Auld Lang Syne composer at annual dinnerAiken StandardPiper Mark Hollingsworth, leads the presentation of the haggis, followed by sword bearer Carleton Brown, for and knife bearer Jann Smith, Scotch bearer Mary Lou Dewar, and haggis bearer Debbie Grinton during the 17th Annual Robert Burns Celebration at ...and mor […]
    • Patti Vasquez Live from Springfield: 1-12-2017 - WGN Radio January 12, 2017
      WGN RadioPatti Vasquez Live from Springfield: 1-12-2017WGN RadioFor starters, they heard about the day's inaguration of the state's 100th General Assembly from 3 major players in Springfield: Representative Sara Feigenholtz, Representative Stephanie Kifowit and Leader Lou Lang. Then, Tanikia Carpenter from Black ...and more »
    • Legislative session winding down; budget mess looms large - WREX-TV January 8, 2017
      Charlotte ObserverLegislative session winding down; budget mess looms largeWREX-TVHouse Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang of Skokie says if Rauner is willing to deal, a budget agreement could be worked out before the 100th General Assembly begins its work midweek. In the Senate, Assistant Republican Leader Sue Rezin (REH'-zihn) of ...Madigan preps for 17t […]
    • Madigan makes history while Illinois' middle class races toward extinction - Illinois Policy January 12, 2017
      Madigan makes history while Illinois' middle class races toward extinctionIllinois Policy... Mary Flowers, La Shawn Ford, Robyn Gabel, Jehan Gordon-Booth, LaToya Greenwood, Will Guzzardi, Michael Halpin, Sonya Harper, Gregory Harris, Elizabeth Hernandez, Jay Hoffman, Frances Ann Hurley, Thaddeus Jones, Stephanie Kifowit, Lou Lang, ...and more »
    • Property tax freeze faces opposition - Illinois News Network January 9, 2017
      Illinois News NetworkProperty tax freeze faces oppositionIllinois News NetworkA number of state lawmakers, not to mention local governments across the state, don't want to see a cap on automatic property tax increases. State Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, is among them. He worries about shorting local schools and micro-managing local ...and more »
    • JUF honors Illinois Rep. Lou Lang - Jewish United Fund December 14, 2016
      Jewish United FundJUF honors Illinois Rep. Lou LangJewish United FundLou Lang image Pictured (from left): Jewish Community Relations Council Chair David Golder; JUF President Dr. Steven B. Nasatir; Rep. Lou Lang; JUF Associate Vice President, Government & Community Partnerships Suzanne Strassberger; JUF Chairman ...and more »
    • Jim Dey: Budget standoff rages on - Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette January 3, 2017
      Jim Dey: Budget standoff rages onChampaign/Urbana News-GazetteLast year, during a speech at a public employees union rally, one of Madigan's key assistants, state Rep. Lou Lang, said Democrats were prepared to wait four years before giving an inch to Rauner on the budget. Interpreted as hyperbole at the time ...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).