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    • Marshall has high hopes for 2016 - Huntington Herald Dispatch August 28, 2016
      Huntington Herald DispatchMarshall has high hopes for 2016Huntington Herald DispatchFILE - In this Dec. 26, 2015, file photo, Marshall head coach Doc Holliday celebrates the team's 16-10 win against Connecticut in the St. Petersburg Bowl NCAA college football game in St. Petersburg, Fla. Marshall has never had four consecutive 10-win ...and more »
    • Ongoing kicking battle takes center stage for Marshall - Huntington Herald Dispatch August 27, 2016
      Ongoing kicking battle takes center stage for MarshallHuntington Herald DispatchLang, a senior safety from Valdosta, Ga., had 195 tackles and 19 pass break-ups in his Marshall career with four interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. His most memorable game was in 2015 against Purdue when he intercepted two passes ...and more »
    • Will new injury report rules open door to more gamesmanship? - Packers.com August 23, 2016
      Packers.comWill new injury report rules open door to more gamesmanship?Packers.comDo you think he could transition to guard since Sitton and/or Lang will probably not be back next year? ... It could be argued the American women's current dominance of gymnastics was born of Mary Lou's breakthrough performance in '84 in Los Angeles.and more »
    • DNC diary: Rep. Lou Lang on - Reboot Illinois July 28, 2016
      Reboot IllinoisDNC diary: Rep. Lou Lang onReboot IllinoisBernie Sanders. While the revelations have led to the ouster of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and protests from Sanders' supporters, Illinois convention delegate and state Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, believes the Democratic Party's support for ...
    • Madigan, Democrats try to tie Trump to Rauner - Chicago Tribune August 19, 2016
      Chicago TribuneMadigan, Democrats try to tie Trump to RaunerChicago TribuneSen. Dick Durbin greets supporters on democrat day Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016 at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, Ill. (Anthony Souffle/Chicago Tribune). Sen. Dick Durbin greets supporters on democrat day Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016 at the Illinois ...Illinois Democrats Taunt GOP For […]
    • 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 […]
    • Simone Biles chosen to carry U.S. flag at closing ceremony of Rio Olympics - KTVB.com August 20, 2016
      KTVB.comSimone Biles chosen to carry U.S. flag at closing ceremony of Rio OlympicsKTVB.comHer five medals matches marks set by Nastia Liukin in 2008, Shannon Miller in 1992 and Mary Lou Retton in 1984. Her success here only added to the consensus that she's the best gymnast of her time and probably the best ever. None other than Bela and ...Simone Biles […]
    • Gun rights group protests assault weapons 'crackdown' by ... - Fox News August 17, 2016
      Fox NewsGun rights group protests assault weapons 'crackdown' by ...Fox NewsGun rights advocates in Massachusetts are turning up the heat against the state's attorney general, who they say potentially made thousands of citizens “felons ...and more »
    • Live4Lali to host drug abuse panel in Arlington Heights - Chicago Daily Herald August 19, 2016
      Live4Lali to host drug abuse panel in Arlington HeightsChicago Daily HeraldLou Lang, Lake County Judge Christopher Stride, Lake County State's Attorney Michael Nerheim, Mundelein Police Chief Eric Guenther, Mundelein Police Officer Jakob Anderson, Claudia Kasten, chief of the Lake County State's Attorney's juvenile division, ...
    • State Democrats shrug off Munger's calls for 'no budget, no pay' legislation - Illinois News Network August 19, 2016
      Illinois News NetworkState Democrats shrug off Munger's calls for 'no budget, no pay' legislationIllinois News NetworkLou Lang (D-Dist. 16) called it political rhetoric and said Democrats want a balanced budget too. “We want to put forth a budget that has cuts, which we put forth in 2015, and new revenue. And we want to work with the governor […]
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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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