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    • Reps Fine and Lang host 'Coffee and Conversation' - Chicago Tribune March 27, 2015
      Reps Fine and Lang host 'Coffee and Conversation'Chicago TribuneFine will be joined by state Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie. Poll workers needed in Cook County for April 7 election. Pioneer Press Staff. Cook County Clerk David Orr is recruiting poll workers to serve in select areas in north and northwest suburban Cook ...
    • Meet the legislator who brought medical marijuana to Illinois - Crain's Chicago Business March 21, 2015
      Crain's Chicago BusinessMeet the legislator who brought medical marijuana to IllinoisCrain's Chicago BusinessRep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, has championed medical marijuana in Illinois since 2009, when a group of advocates showed up at his Springfield office in wheelchairs, walkers and with IV bags to plead their case. “It tugged at my heartstrings,” say […]
    • Commercial real estate notes - STLtoday.com March 27, 2015
      Commercial real estate notesSTLtoday.comNAI Desco represented Show-Me Home Delivery Inc. in the lease of 80,640 square feet of industrial space at 2001 Innerbelt Business Center Drive, Overland, from BCL-St. Louis LLC, represented by Jones Lang LaSalle. CBRE represented parties in these ...
    • Prescription lockdown - Illinois Times March 26, 2015
      Illinois TimesPrescription lockdownIllinois TimesEarlier this month, House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang, D-Skokie, and Rep. John Anthony, R-Morris, introduced their own proposal to combat the spread of prescription opioid abuse. Lang led a bipartisan 37-member House task force on the Illinois ...
    • TGIF: Places to go and things to do in Northeast Pennsylvania - Scranton Times-Tribune March 27, 2015
      TGIF: Places to go and things to do in Northeast PennsylvaniaScranton Times-TribuneROCK 107 35TH BIRTHDAY BASH: with Lou Gramm, April 23, the Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Wilkes-Barre. CATHEDRAL OF ST. PETER SACRED CONCERT SERIES:the Lyric Consort: Corpus Christi — The Body of Christ, April 24, ... KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD BAND & JONNY ...and more »
    • CLUB CALENDAR - The Providence Journal March 26, 2015
      CLUB CALENDARThe Providence Journal213-6615. 7-10 pm. Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys, bluegrass, Common Fence Point Community Hall, 933 Anthony Rd., Portsmouth. 683-5085 ..... 8 pm-midnight. Rock-A-Blues, rock, Skyline Lounge, Lang's Bowlarama, 225 Niantic Ave., Cranston. 944-0500 ...and more »
    • TGIF: Happenings -- what's coming up in Northeast Ohio starting March 27 - News-Herald.com March 25, 2015
      TGIF: Happenings -- what's coming up in Northeast Ohio starting March 27News-Herald.com... DJ Fred Gunn of Hiram Maxim, April 15; Oliver Mtukudzi & The Black Spirits, Hybrid Shakedown, Sufjan Stevens, Cold Specks, Sales, Leah Lou and The Two Left Shoes, Small Wood House, April 16; Lightning Bolt, Metz, Chomp, Mark McGuire, Watchword ...and more »
    • State lawmakers target airlines' controversial fuel purchasing offices - Crain's Chicago Business March 19, 2015
      Chicago TribuneState lawmakers target airlines' controversial fuel purchasing officesCrain's Chicago BusinessLou Lang, D-Skokie, has introduced legislation that calls for levying sales taxes on jet fuel at the “place where the fuel or petroleum products are delivered to the aircraft,” according to an online copy of the bill. Such language means car […]
    • This is the year to expand casino gambling - Chicago Tribune March 20, 2015
      This is the year to expand casino gamblingChicago TribuneLou Lang, D-Skokie, who was the leader on gambling legislation before Rita took over, managed to pass a casino expansion bill out of the House and Senate, but it was so full of perks for every area of the state that Gov. Pat Quinn thought it was ...
    • Lang, Nancy Elizabeth Campbell Singleterry (LaFayette) - The Chattanoogan March 25, 2015
      The ChattanooganLang, Nancy Elizabeth Campbell Singleterry (LaFayette)The ChattanooganShe was born in Walker County to the late Paul M. and Bertha Lou Parker Campbell. She was a former resident of Eureka, CA and Bradenton, FL. She was a former employee with Tropicana and had also worked as registered nurse in Bradenton.
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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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