- Massive Change Coming to State Health Care for Poor
“It’s a really important step toward a MassHealth program that protects consumers’ health in the long term, but I think the big challenge is going to be putting the program into place,” said Matt Selig, executive director of Health Law Advocates, a nonprofit group representing low-income residents.
- For families, insurers are often part of the battle with addiction
"We have seen, fairly often, the reviews by these doctors, that are paper doctors at the health plans," said Clare McGorrian, a senior attorney with Health Law Advocates, a nonprofit that has provided legal aid to many addiction patients. "They'll pick out a few things, it's crazy, like 'Oh, this patient was participating well in their group therapy,' and that's a strike against them because they're getting better."
- Massachusetts Parity Coalition Submits comments to the President’s Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force
This past March, President Barack Obama created a Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force. The Task Force has been gathering and analyzing information to help ensure fairness in mental health coverage, and will submit a report to the President by October 31, 2016. On August 31st, HLA, on behalf of the Massachusetts Mental Health Parity Coalition, submitted these comments to the Task Force on the need for strengthening the Federal Parity Law.
- Lawmakers Push Insurers on Mental Health Access
On September 9th, HLA's Executive Director, Matt Selig, testified before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, calling for insurers to do more to ensure mental health parity "We see patients losing their coverage for certain treatments at the end of a set time limit, and we need to change that."