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    • Kennedy Forum Illinois aims to end stigma around mental illness, addiction - Chicago Tribune November 29, 2015
      Chicago TribuneKennedy Forum Illinois aims to end stigma around mental illness, addictionChicago Tribune"The Kennedy name" attracted many people to the cause, said state Rep Lou Lang, D-Skokie, one of many guests who mentioned the family's long ties to Chicago. "But it's also Patrick's personal charisma and story," Lang sai […]
    • Illinois Libertarians Sue Over Medical Marijuana Campaign Finance Ban - WUIS 91.9 November 25, 2015
      WUIS 91.9Illinois Libertarians Sue Over Medical Marijuana Campaign Finance BanWUIS 91.9Lou Lang, a Democrat from Skokie, was a lead sponsor of the bill. He says the contribution ban, which applies to cannabis growers and dispensaries, was among a number of provisions meant to appease “conservative" and “hesitant" colleagues. Lang says ...Candidates […]
    • BOWLING: Cal Rider, Tim Czarnecki roll 800s at Kingston Lanes - The Daily Freeman November 30, 2015
      BOWLING: Cal Rider, Tim Czarnecki roll 800s at Kingston LanesThe Daily FreemanJ.R. LOGGING/FRONTIER—Drew Brown 269—794, Steve Duke 279—758, Don Durland 269—750, Bob Casciaro 257—746, Adam Sauer 267—734, Eddie Torres 248—709, Joe Fallon 267—693, Lawrence Lang 269—689, Matt Fallon 237—678, Russ Mackey ... ULSTER SENIORS ...
    • Illinois Rep. Lou Lang, left, and Gov. Bruce Rauner - Crain's Chicago Business (blog) August 5, 2015
      Crain's Chicago Business (blog)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 par […]
    • Sunday Open Thread || November 29, 2015 - White House Dossier November 29, 2015
      Sunday Open Thread || November 29, 2015White House DossierWhat if the melting pot analogy was always kind of a myth–yes, over decades, the Irish, Italians and Poles etc came to think of themselves as Americans first, but it took time–and they tended to keep to themselves and speak their own lang…Everyone ...
    • GOPIO hosts Thanksgiving & Feed the Needy event - IndiaPost.com November 26, 2015
      GOPIO hosts Thanksgiving & Feed the Needy eventIndiaPost.comLou Lang, Illinois Deputy Majority Leader, who was the Chief Guest, said that the Government earmarks huge budgets for schemes aimed at the welfare of weaker sections of society. However, he called upon voluntary organizations, including GOPIO, to come ...
    • 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 ...
    • Hillary Clinton lines up heavy hitters for Illinois delegate slate - Chicago Sun-Times November 23, 2015
      Chicago Sun-TimesHillary Clinton lines up heavy hitters for Illinois delegate slateChicago Sun-TimesSara Feigenholz; Jack Franks, Linda Chapa Lavia, Lou Lang, Mary Flowers and Barbara Flynn Currie, and from the City Council, Ald. Leslie Hairston. Among activists and operatives are Lauren Beth Gash, Anna Valencia and Rick Garcia. Among the wives of ...and mor […]
    • 30 Things We Learned from the Ant-Man Commentary - Film School Rejects (blog) November 27, 2015
      Film School Rejects (blog)30 Things We Learned from the Ant-Man CommentaryFilm School Rejects (blog)Rudd recalls wanting Scott Lang (Rudd) to exit prison and be greeted by Luis (Michael Peña) holding an iPhone above his head playing Peter Gabriel's “In Your Eyes.” They shot the scene, “but unfortunately that song was quite expensive” says Reed. 6. It .. […]
    • 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 […]
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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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