CT Parity Coalition

Currently, Connecticut legislation requires that insurance providers follow the regulations set forth in the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA). However, it is not always clear if these regulations are understood or activated in private health insurance plans.

The December 2017 Milliman report, “Addiction and Mental Health vs Physical Health: Analyzing Disparities in Network Use and Provider Reimbursement Rates,” identified CT as the state with the highest disparity between physical and behavioral healthcare in terms of the proportion of office visits that are out-of-network. Significant disparities were also identified in inpatient care and payments to behavioral health providers compared with primary care providers.

Nationally, 20-30 states are considering or adopting new legislation to standardize compliance with the federal law. For 2019, the CT Parity Coalition is advocating that Connecticut follow suit. The 2019 bill would:

  • Establish reporting requirements for insurers to demonstrate how they design and apply their managed care tactics, so regulators can determine if there is compliance with the law
  • Specify how state insurance departments can implement parity and then report on their activities
  • Eliminate some managed care barriers to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for substance use disorders. While not purely parity requirements, these provisions can be a vital tool in combating the opioid epidemic

Passing this legislation is an important step towards ensuring that Connecticut’s consumer rights are protected.

Join us!

The CT Parity Coalition is a group of advocates from various organizations and associations working with legislators, consumers, and other groups to rally support in 2019 for legislation that ensures compliance with the federal parity law within the private health insurance industry.

Mental Health Connecticut’s Suzi Craig is the CT Parity Coalition facilitator. Contact Suzi at scraig[at]mhconn[dot]org or 860-384-4480 to learn how to get involved or to get connected to a coalition member.

Organization Members:

Advocacy Unlimited
Contact: Cooper Davis

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, CT chapter (AFSP)
Contact: Michelle Peters

American Psychiatric Association
Contact: Tim Clement

American Society of Addiction Medicine, CT chapter (CTSAM)
Contact: Dr. J. Craig Allen

Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut (CONECT)
Contacts: Beth Stenger and Charlotte Parniawski

CT Association of Addiction Professionals (CAAP)
Contact: Susan Campion

CT Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Contacts: Norja Cunningham, Elizabeth Gemski, and Rebecca Ruitto

CT Community Nonprofit Alliance
Contacts: Ben Shaiken and Brunilda Ferraj

CT Counseling Association
Contacts: Karla Troesser, Louisa Foss-Kelly, and Trip Hartigan

CT Legal Rights Project
Contact: Kate Robinson

CT Nurses Association
Contact: Kim Sandor

CT Psychiatric Society
Contacts: Carrie Rand and Jackie Coleman

CT Psychological Association
Contact: Anita Schepker

CT State Medical Society
Contact: Ken Ferrucci

Mental Health Connecticut (MHC)
Contact: Suzi Craig

NAMI CT
Contact: Susan Kelley

NAMI Fairfield
Contact: Tim O’Connor

National Association of Social Workers, CT Chapter
Contact: Steve Wanczyk-Karp

North Central Regional Mental Health Board
Contact: Quyen Truong

Southwest Regional Mental Health Board  
Contact: Margaret Watt

Individuals:

Ewelina Chrzan, Attorney

Arnold Menchel, Partner, Halloran Sage and former CT Assistant Attorney General and the head of the CT Attorney General’s Health Care Fraud/Whistleblower/Health Care Advocacy Department