With (no exaggeration) 1 minute left in the legislative session, Bill # 7125, Mental Health and Substance Use Parity — the bill to ensure private insurers follow federal compliance laws—PASSED!!!

Special thanks to Sen. Matthew Lesser and Rep. Sean Scanlon for championing the parity bill as well as The Alliance: The Voice of Community Nonprofits for their work on this bill.

Next steps – on to the Governor.

Thank you for all your efforts!

Suzi Craig, Chief Navigator, CT Parity Coalition

On Tuesday, March 5th, members of the CT Parity Coalition joined forces for an important press conference with former U.S. Congressman and leading mental health and addiction advocate, Patrick J. Kennedy, and CT legislators Rep. Sean Scanlon and Sen. Matt Lesser (Co-Chairs of the Insurance and Real Estate Committee), along with bi-partisan support from Sen. Kevin Kelly (Insurance and RE Ranking Member) and Rep. Brenda Kupchick (legislator who introduced the parity bill in 2018). See “In The News” for media coverage on the event.

A public hearing followed the press conference, where many advocates and legislative leaders testified. Click here to review testimony submitted for HB 7125.

The CT Parity Coalition is supported in part from the Beverly A. Walton Memorial Advocacy Fund.