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 empower consumers to exercise those rights.
We rely upon a multi-pronged approach that targets all actors responsible for parity compliance.
We accomplish this by:
1. Tracking parity-related legislative, statutory, regulatory and legal activities in all 50 states and at the federal level to monitor implementation throughout the country. The Legislation pages focus on parity-related bills that have been introduced by Congress or by state legislatures, the Statutory pages focus on passed bills that have become laws, and the Regulation pages focus on parity-related rules or actions taken by federal or state agencies. Additionally, significant state and federal ERISA and parity-related legal case summaries are also provided.
2. Developing model resources, such as legislation and compliance tools, that state and federal policymakers can use to ensure full compliance
3. Creating comprehensive and detailed issue briefs on parity and related topics to increase knowledge of behavioral health insurance laws
4. Developing Consumer Solutions and resources to educate consumers on potential parity violations and develop pathways for consumers to file appeals if coverage for behavioral health services have been improperly denied.
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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