HLA Featured in Boston Globe Article as Resource for Victims of Marathon Bombing:
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- Pretending we have equal coverage for mental and physical illnesses is a joke
Matt Selig, executive director of Health Law Advocates, a Boston-based nonprofit group that represents low-income residents, said that last year alone his agency opened cases for 158 people who were denied coverage for mental health or substance use treatment, nearly half of them children.
- 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.