Website Helps Families Confront Denials for Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Services

Founded in 2013 by former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy (D-R.I.), The Kennedy Forum focuses on advancing evidence-based practices, policies, and programming in mental health and substance use issues. This is achieved through promoting public discourse in health and addiction issues, ensuring equal coverage for patients living with mental health and/or substance use disorders; and advancing prevention and treatment throughout the entire continuum of the healthcare delivery system. The Kennedy Forum’s collaborative partnerships help to foster greater provider accountability, integration and coordination, cutting-edge technologies, and brain fitness and health. The Kennedy Forum’s most recent step forward in improving the lives of individuals living with mental illness and addiction, and promoting behavioral health for all is the Parity Registry. To learn more about The Kennedy Forum, visit https://thekennedyforum.org/.

Insurance companies continue to violate the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, which requires them to treat diseases of the brain, such as clinical depression and opioid addiction, the same way they treat illnesses of the body, such cancer and heart disease. The Parity Registry is a powerful tool to help families fight back. The Parity Registry is the only resource in the United States where consumers, family members, providers, case managers, and legal advocates can:

  • Learn how to file an appeal with their health plan.
  • Send a complaint directly to state enforcement officials after being wrongfully denied coverage for mental health or addiction treatment services.
  • Access step-by-step appeals guidance.
  • Find a comprehensive listing of state and federal regulators who can help with an appeal.
  • Review FAQs and other information to help advance their appeal.
  • Tell their personal story about difficulties with insurance coverage.

To view the Parity Registry website, visit https://parityregistry.org/. The data collected by Parity Registry will provide the insights necessary to help shape public policy and influence future legislation.

Prior to the development of Parity Registry, The Kennedy Forum created a Parity Track website to monitor implementation of the Federal Parity Law in all 50 states. The site keeps tabs on what state insurance commissioners and attorneys general have done to implement the law, and tracks all parity-related legislation that has been introduced since the law was passed. More than 1,000 pieces of legislation and regulatory actions are currently summarized on the website. It also provides guidance for state regulators in helping to implement the more complicated aspects of the Federal Parity Law. To view the Parity Track website, visit https://paritytrack.org/.

At Kantor & Kantor we have a team of experienced attorneys who are all dedicated to obtaining the best possible result for our clients. If you or someone you know are being denied mental health benefits by your insurer, please call Kantor & Kantor for a free consultation at 877-783-8686. We understand and we can help!

 

 

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