Connecticut Bill # 7125, Mental Health and Substance Use Parity, the bill to ensure private insurers follow federal compliance laws, PASSED UNANIMOUSLY in the 2019 session!!! On Monday, July 8, 2019, Governor Ned Lamont signed the bill into law.
The CT Parity Coalition would like to thank Sen. Matthew Lesser and Rep. Sean Scanlon for championing the parity bill, and Rep. Brenda Kupchick for introducing the bill in 2018 and for helping to ensure bi-partisan support. A special thanks to The Alliance: The Voice of Community Nonprofits for their extra work on this bill, and all the Coalition members and advocates who testified, reached out to legislators, and kept the advocacy engine humming.
Thank you to our friends on the national stage – Tim Clement of the American Psychiatric Association and Patrick Kennedy and his team at The Kennedy Forum. Tim and Patrick have led the charge on parity and equity in mental health and substance use for years, and they are working with leaders across the country to make transparency, prevention, and equity become critical priorities in our health care system.
Thank you for all your efforts. Stay tuned for an announcement on the CT Parity Coalition’s plans for the 2020 session.
Looking forward to what’s next,
Suzi Craig, Chief Navigator, CT Parity Coalition
The CT Parity Coalition is supported in part from the Beverly A. Walton Memorial Advocacy Fund.