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U.S. Department of Labor Attempts to Simplify Complaint Process

February 3rd, 2012

In November, the U. S. Department of Labor launched a new online form for all health insurance questions and complaints. The form isn’t specific to Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act complaints or questions, but can be used for parity questions and complaints. Consumers and providers…

Limit on Outpatient Mental Health Visits Removed by Insurer

January 2nd, 2012

Maryland Parity Project recently filed an individual complaint with the Maryland Insurance Administration to protest a limit on outpatient mental health visits imposed by an insurer operating in Maryland’s small group market.  This limit has been removed.   According to the policyholder we…

Maryland Health Benefit Exchange Board is Moving Ahead

December 28th, 2011

On December 19th, the Mental Health Association of Maryland (MHAMD) submitted comments to the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange Board. The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange (HBE), an integral part of the Maryland’s health care reform implementation, was established by the Maryland General Assembly…

Just Released FAQ on the Federal Parity Law

December 14th, 2011

The US Department of Labor (USDOL) released FAQS About Affordable Care Act Implementation Part VII and Mental Health Parity Implementation on November 17, 2011. While these FAQs do not address all of the issues identified and aren’t everything advocates asked for, they do offer more clarity on…

Maryland Parity Project is Currently Filing Complaints

November 16th, 2011

The Maryland Parity Project’s complaint investigation process is underway!  To date, we have filed 4 complaints on behalf of providers and consumers - all are in varying stages of investigation. Of these complaints, 3 were of perceived violations of the nonquantitative treatment limit…

A Push for Clearer Regulations, Meetings with the Maryland Congressional Delegation

November 10th, 2011

The Maryland Parity Project, Maryland Psychiatric Society, Maryland Psychological Association, Mental Health Association of Maryland, NAMI Maryland, and the University of Maryland School of Law Drug Policy Clinic recently met with staff of the entire Maryland Congressional Delegation and…


Top Five Reasons You Should File a Parity Complaint

October 26th, 2011

1. There is someone to help you. Staff of the Maryland Parity Project is available to help you with the paperwork, the research and the phone calls. We understand most people don’t have time to deal with these tedious details which is why we will do most of the leg work. CONTACT…


10 Things You Should Know About the Mental Health Parity Law

October 10th, 2011

1. Current regulations went into effect in January of 2010. The Wellstone and Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act was passed in 2008, but Interim Final Regulations were released in 2010. All insurance plans that are not specifically exempted from the law must now be in…

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