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      MicWe Know Douching Is A Bad Idea — So Why Are Ladies Doing It Anyway?MicMary Lou*, 64, came of age in the 1960s, when such feminine hygiene advertisements were ubiquitous on television and in magazines. Before seeing these ads, no one had ever talked to her about hygiene, so she hadn't realized it was an issue. "There ...
    • Pelosi among celebrants of Equality Illinois anniversary - Windy City Times February 8, 2016
      Windy City TimesPelosi among celebrants of Equality Illinois anniversaryWindy City TimesLou Lang; state Rep. Greg Harris; former state Rep. Ellis Levin; state Rep. Sam Yingling; state Rep. Mike Smiddy; state Rep. Robert Martwick; Lake County Board Chairman Andrew Lawlor; Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago ( MWRD ) ...
    • This Day in Jewish History 1973: The Farmer Who Defied His Neighbors and Hosted Woodstock Dies - Haaretz February 9, 2016
      HaaretzThis Day in Jewish History 1973: The Farmer Who Defied His Neighbors and Hosted Woodstock DiesHaaretzMichael Lang, the first of the four organizers to meet with Yasgur, recalled in 1994 to the Times-Herald Record, a local paper, “When we started to talk business, he was figuring on how much he was going to lose in this crop and how much it was going . […]
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      Timesonline.com'Spectre' brings Bond to home videoTimesonline.comIf you want to agitate Christoph Waltz, just refer to the James Bond series as a franchise. The 59-year-old character actor, who received best supporting actor Oscars for “Inglourious Basterds” (2009) and “Django Unchained” (2012), both directed by ...and more »
    • 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 […]
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      Youngstown Playhouse World premiere of local playwright's 'Foul Play' could be hit anywhereYoungstown Vindicator“Foul Play” centers around Maggie Lang, played by Molly Galano and Don Atherton, played by Tom O'Donnell, as they prepare for opening night of the Smokestack Players' latest production. They pair as well as oil and vinegar, […]
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      Foran wrestlers set dual meet win markCT PostForan 76, Oxford 6 (at Foran): 106: Giordano (F) won by forfeit; 113: J. Lang (F) won by forfeit; 120: Esposito (F) tech. fall Dexter 22-7; 126: Moretti (F) won by forfeit; 132: Witte (F) pinned S. Martino 34 seconds; 138: Luth (F) pinned Grim 1:06 ...and more »
    • 11/29/16 Full Show Podcast (Women in Comedy, Todd Belcore, Dwayne Kennedy, Elliott Serrano, Leader Lou Lang, In ... - WGN Radio January 30, 2016
      WGN Radio11/29/16 Full Show Podcast (Women in Comedy, Todd Belcore, Dwayne Kennedy, Elliott Serrano, Leader Lou Lang, In ...WGN RadioPatti opens the show with Todd Belcore as they discuss different experiences in Springfield and Todd's great organization. Then, Leader Lou Lang talks about trying to listen to Patti and just fix the state already. Later, […]
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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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