Action Alert: Mental Health Parity Bill

Thank you! All of the emails to the Insurance and Real Estate Committee members paid off! They voted YES to SB 384! Next the entire CGA will vote on it.

CT Action AlertResidents of Monroe, Seymour, Shelton and Stratford:
Senator Kevin Kelly represents the 21st Senatorial District which includes the towns of Monroe, Seymour, Shelton and Stratford.

Please call Senator Kevin Kelly at 800-842-1421 and ask him to SUPPORT SB 384, the Mental Health Parity Bill.

Unsure what to say? Read mental health talking points here.



A simple email or phone call to let Senator Kelly know that you support this very important piece of legislation. 

AN ACT CONCERNING MENTAL HEALTH PARITY, DATA REPORTED BY MANAGED CARE ORGANIZATIONS AND THE ALL-PAYER CLAIMS DATABASE (SB 384)

WHY THIS BILL IS IMPORTANT
Many people in Connecticut continue to have difficulty accessing mental health care. Despite parity laws, many insurance companies reimburse mental health providers at lower rates and the process is cumbersome. There are fewer in-network psychiatrists and therapists who accept insurance, and as a result many people are forced to turn to higher cost out-of-network providers—or they choose not to seek treatment at all.

NAMI Fairfield worked closely with Representative Kupchick, a co-sponsor of this Bill, to identify areas new for legislation. For more background and information about why this Bill is needed please see NAMI Fairfield’s white paper that identifies problems and proposes recommendations to address these areas.

HOW THIS BILL WILL IMPROVE PARITY

  • Require health insurance companies to:
    • to report data on adverse determinations (denied care) and the appeal rates for such denials
    • to report details about how many in-network behavioral health providers and facilities are available for their members
    • disclose their provider utilization rates
    • to identify and explain what factors impede access to treatment of substance abuse
  • Require individual health insurance policies to provide coverage for mental health screening at any annual physical exam conducted by a licensed physician
  • Expand the CT Insurance Department’s evaluation of how behavioral health services are accessed