ParityTrack is a collaborative forum that works to aggregate and elevate the parity implementation work taking place across the country. Parity Track aims to be the central site for mental health and substance use disorder parity information and to offer an exclusive look at parity issues. Parity Track seeks to help consumers understand their rights under the Federal Parity Law and state parity laws and to help consumers feel empowered to exercise those rights.
How To Use This Website
The main components of this website are the Parity Reports section, the Know Your Rights section, and the Get Support section.
The Parity Reports section includes a federal report and state reports. The Parity Reports are organized around three areas: legislation, regulation, and litigation.
Legislation pages are about parity-related laws that have been passed by Congress or state legislatures. This is where you will find information about the federal parity law or the parity laws in your state.
Regulation pages are about parity-related rules or actions taken by federal or state agencies. This is where you will find information about federal rules and actions taken by federal agencies or the rules and actions taken by agencies in your state.
Litigation pages are about parity-related court cases and settlements. This is where you will find information about court cases or settlements at the federal level or in each state.
Know Your Rights
The Know Your Rights section is organized around common violations, consumer solutions, and community stories. The Overview page and the What is Parity? page can help you understand parity and your rights under parity laws.
The Common Violations page identifies some common ways in which your parity rights may be violated. If you feel like the behavioral health services you want to access are being limited or denied, this page can help you find out if there might be parity violation. Once you know there might be a violation, the Consumer Solutions page and the Get Support page can start to provide you with help for your parity needs.
The Consumer Solutions page describes what you can do if you have been denied coverage for behavioral health services by your insurance plan.
The Community Stories page highlights parity stories from across the country.
About the Kennedy Forum
The Kennedy Forum unites the community of behavioral health to advance an ambitious agenda that transforms the way we view and treat mental health and addiction. We are pursuing this much-needed change through payer accountability, provider accountability, integration and coordination, technology, and brain fitness and health.
About the Scattergood Foundation
The Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation is a Quaker-based, philanthropic, grant-making foundation committed to improving the system through which behavioral healthcare is delivered by providing strategic grants in the Philadelphia region and advancing health policy at the national level.
About the Treatment Research Institute
Founded by the same researchers who developed the Addiction Severity Index, the Treatment Research Institute is an independent, nonprofit research and development organization dedicated to science-driven reform of treatment and policy in substance use.
About the Parity Implementation Coalition
The Parity Implementation Coalition was formed to help ensure that the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA) is properly enforced. Coalition members advanced parity legislation for over fifteen years in an effort to end discrimination against individuals and families who seek services for mental health and substance use disorders and remain committed to its full implementation and enforcement.
About the Legal Action Center
The Legal Action Center is the only non-profit law and policy organization in the United States whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in these areas.
About Community Catalyst
Community Catalyst is a national, non-profit consumer advocacy organization founded in 1998 with the belief that affordable, quality health care should be accessible to everyone. We work in partnership with national, state and local organizations, policymakers, and philanthropic foundations to ensure consumer interests are represented wherever important decisions about health and the health system are made: in communities, courtrooms, statehouses and on Capitol Hill.
About the Health Law Advocates
Health Law Advocates (HLA) is a 501 (3) public interest law firm whose mission is to provide pro bono legal representation to low-income residents experiencing difficulty accessing or paying for needed medical services. HLA is committed to ensuring universal access to quality health care in Massachusetts, particularly for those who are most at risk due to such factors as race, gender, immigration status, disability, age, or geographic location.
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