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    • House Democrats propose graduated income tax plan - Chicago Sun-Times April 16, 2016
      Chicago Sun-TimesHouse Democrats propose graduated income tax planChicago Sun-TimesLou Lang, D-Skokie, filed Friday — which will only work if Illinois voters approve a constitutional amendment to reform the tax code — most married taxpayers would pay 3.5 percent for income of $200,000 or less; 3.75 percent on income between $200 ...Is it time for a graduated […]
    • It's time for Illinois to graduate to a progressive income tax - Chicago Tribune April 28, 2016
      Chicago TribuneIt's time for Illinois to graduate to a progressive income taxChicago TribuneLou Lang of Skokie, is shown on the House floor in June 2015. Lang has sponsored a bill that would tax individuals with an annual income over $500,000 at 8.75 percent. (Justin L. Fowler, State Journal-Register). Eric ZornContact ReporterChange of Subject.April 28 […]
    • Heroin abuse summit draws hundreds from Will-DuPage area - Chicago Tribune April 29, 2016
      Chicago TribuneHeroin abuse summit draws hundreds from Will-DuPage areaChicago TribuneDurkin and Lang, during a news conference prior to the summit, noted a bipartisan effort led to creation of the act, following Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of Lang's original bill. Rauner had objected to having the state pay for Medicaid for those seeking ...Will Coun […]
    • Hastert's state lawmaker pension checks continue, for now - Chicago Daily Herald April 28, 2016
      Chicago Daily HeraldHastert's state lawmaker pension checks continue, for nowChicago Daily HeraldLou Lang, a Skokie Democrat, says he hopes there will be a vote. It could be tough because at least one Democrat, state Rep. Jack Franks of Marengo, says he's against it, and Democrats in the House would need every last vote if Republicans don't jo […]
    • Tax Policy Group Blasts Illinois Graduated Tax Legislation - WUIS 91.9 April 26, 2016
      Chicago Sun-TimesTax Policy Group Blasts Illinois Graduated Tax LegislationWUIS 91.9Members of a tax policy group based in Washington D.C., came to Springfield Tuesday to oppose two pieces of legislation that would change Illinois' income tax from a flat rate to rates based on how much a taxpayer earns. The change would depend on ...Progressive tax sche […]
    • A graduated income tax could put Illinois in the clear - Chicago Reporter April 21, 2016
      Chicago ReporterA graduated income tax could put Illinois in the clearChicago ReporterLou Lang, D-Skokie, the tax rate on incomes up to $100,000 (twice that for couples) would be reduced to 3.5 percent. It would rise to the current rate of 3.75 for income up to $500,000, to 8.75 for the next $500,000, and to 9.75 for income over $1 ...Editorial: Taxpayers sh […]
    • Summer movie preview: Blasts from the past - Salt Lake Tribune April 28, 2016
      Salt Lake TribuneSummer movie preview: Blasts from the pastSalt Lake Tribune"The Innocents" • French director Anne Fontaine's dark drama (called "Agnus Dei" when it premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival) is set in Poland, 1945, and centers on a French Red Cross doctor (Lou de Laâge) visiting a German camp and ...and mo […]
    • Graduation exercise - Illinois Times April 28, 2016
      Illinois TimesGraduation exerciseIllinois TimesThe higher the income, the higher the rate at which it would be taxed. Were Lang's bill made law – and remember that it would take a change in the Illinois Constitution to take effect – it would establish four tax brackets ranging from 3.5 percent to 9 ...
    • WJBC Forum: Not all Trojan horses are in Troy - WJBC News April 27, 2016
      WJBC NewsWJBC Forum: Not all Trojan horses are in TroyWJBC NewsLou Lang's bill that would, assuming the constitutional amendment passes, solve all our problems. It promises tax relief for the middle class: a married couple making under $200,000 would actually get a tax cut; the resulting revenue loss would not ...
    • Illinois progressive-tax proposal is a middle-class tax hike in disguise - Illinois Policy April 21, 2016
      CBS LocalIllinois progressive-tax proposal is a middle-class tax hike in disguiseIllinois PolicyLou Lang's proposal would increase rates to as high as 9.75 percent for top earners – considerably higher than today's rate of 3.75 percent for all taxpayers. But Lang's proposed rates aren't set in stone – if politicians pass a progressive tax […]
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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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