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    • Full Show 5/15/15 (Felipe Esparza, IL House Leader Lou Lang, Aly Jados) - WGN Radio May 18, 2015
      WGN RadioFull Show 5/15/15 (Felipe Esparza, IL House Leader Lou Lang, Aly Jados)WGN RadioPatti kicks off the show by riding sidecar with Elliott Serrano and Esmeralda Leon. Then, comedian Felipe Esparza swings by to talk about his upcoming shows and more. Later, IL house leader Lou Lang talks to Patti about her recent trips downstate and ...
    • Right-to-work goes down in flames in Illinois House with zero yes votes - Chicago Sun-Times May 14, 2015
      Chicago Sun-TimesRight-to-work goes down in flames in Illinois House with zero yes votesChicago Sun-TimesLou Lang, D-Skokie, accused Republicans of selling out, saying that Rauner moved money into state lawmakers' funds in advance of Thursday's vote: “$400,000 this week. What were those checks for?” Lang needled Republicans who were expected to vot […]
    • State lawmaker's plan to curb heroin abuse moves forward - Chicago Daily Herald May 21, 2015
      State lawmaker's plan to curb heroin abuse moves forwardChicago Daily HeraldThe sponsor of the most far-reaching anti-heroin legislation in Springfield this year sparred with a state agency official over the cost of the proposal Wednesday. State Rep. Lou Lang, a Skokie Democrat, says he's come up with a compromise that garners ...
    • $34 million controlled by Rauner, allies looms over legislative session - Chicago Tribune May 23, 2015
      Chicago Tribune$34 million controlled by Rauner, allies looms over legislative sessionChicago TribuneBut Democrats lashed out at the Rauner donations, an unprecedented late legislative session move by a sitting governor who is perhaps the wealthiest person ever to hold the office. "What were those checks for?" Democratic Rep. Lou Lang of Skokie ask […]
    • County College of Morris 2015 graduation (PHOTOS) - NJ.com May 22, 2015
      NJ.comCounty College of Morris 2015 graduation (PHOTOS)NJ.comRANDOLPH – Hundreds of students from the County College of Morris celebrated their graduation Friday morning. Approximately 400 students attended the college's 46th commencement ceremony at the Randolph campus. The graduates included students ...and more »
    • Heroin Bill Moves Forward In House Chamber - WICS-TV May 20, 2015
      WICS-TVHeroin Bill Moves Forward In House ChamberWICS-TV"The state agencies have had a chance to look at this bill, or at least a cousin of the current bill, for many, many months," said Representative Lou Lang. "And to come forth today, in the third week of May, to talk to me about their objections to the ...and more »
    • Illinois marijuana industry pins hopes on skeptical governor - DeKalb Daily Chronicle May 18, 2015
      DeKalb Daily ChronicleIllinois marijuana industry pins hopes on skeptical governorDeKalb Daily ChronicleLou Lang, a Skokie Democrat who sponsored the original medical marijuana legislation and the extension bill. "I'd be a lot less nervous if I had four years to work this out, than if I had two." But Rauner, a Republican venture capitalist, ha […]
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      Protected: SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Some good news…The Capitol Fax Blog (blog)Lou Lang via twitter 5:21 PM. “Measles is one of the most preventable illnesses. While the vast majority of our population is vaccinated, we... fb.me/44ETQNY9x. by ILSenateGOP via twitter 4:03 PM. Rep Steven Andersson Joins Colleagues in Call for Term ...and more »
    • Memorial Day 2015: Veterans Feel Solemn Sense Of Duty To Remind Us Of ... - CBS Local May 23, 2015
      CBS LocalMemorial Day 2015: Veterans Feel Solemn Sense Of Duty To Remind Us Of ...CBS LocalIt is a solemn time for many, but especially for surviving combat veterans who feel they have the duty to remind the rest of us of the sacrifices they witnessed, CBS2's Lou Young reported Friday. For them, this holiday is more than a list of names, or ...
    • Rauner: 'Expect A Very Long Extra Session' For Budget - WNIJ and WNIU May 21, 2015
      WNIJ and WNIURauner: 'Expect A Very Long Extra Session' For BudgetWNIJ and WNIULou Lang have noted there's not enough support for Rauner's pro-business, anti-union agenda, saying earlier this week that Rauner's "list of 10 or 15 things are just not going to happen." Lang compared Rauner's treatment of the General Assem […]
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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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