Office of Will County Executive
Lawrence M. Walsh
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Thursday, October 25, 2018
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Will County to host Community Conversation to discuss changes in health insurance laws
Will County is hosting several State of Illinois agencies in a community conversation to discuss the changes in federal and state parity laws relating to mental health and substance use disorder treatments. The event is slated for 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 1 in the auditorium of the U Building on the campus of Joliet Junior College, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet.
The County Executive’s Office of Substance Use Initiatives is partnering with Stepping Stones Treatment Center and the HERO Group to bring vital information to consumers about changes in the parity law that require insurance to cover behavioral health and physical health benefits equally. Illinois now has the nation’s strongest mental health and addiction parity law.
Speakers from the Illinois Department of Insurance, the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, and the Association of Medicaid Health Plans will be addressing the landmark law, which takes effect on January 1, 2019, and how it will impact Illinois residents’ insurance benefits.
“With the United States in the grips of an opioid epidemic, it is important for consumers to fully understand the benefits they are entitled to,” said Dr. Kathleen Burke, director of the Office of Substance Use Initiatives. “Many families and individuals are confused about their rights when it comes to mental health and substance use treatment coverage. This event will clarify what benefits all insurance companies are required by law to provide.”
It is also open enrollment time. Several counselors will be available at the event to help people sign up for the Affordable Care Act through the Get Covered Illinois program.
“The Illinois Department of Insurance is dedicated to educating people about their rights to behavioral health care,” said Brian Gorman, director of Outreach and Consumer Education at Get Covered Illinois. “Illinois has earned sole recognition for the strongest mental health parity laws and policies in the country. We continue to work to implement these policies and appreciate
Will County for hosting this event that helps deliver important information and assistance to the people of Illinois about their insurance.”