New Illinois Parity Law Recognizes State Funded Addiction Treatment Providers

In a move that raises the bar for addiction treatment advocates and legislators in other states, state-funded addiction treatment providers were specifically codified in to law as covered providers when Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed the Illinois Mental Health Parity bill August 18, 2011.

HB 1530 establishes parity for addiction treatment services among health insurance policies, but exceeds the recently enacted Federal law in several ways. The Illinois law specifically recognizes those community-based providers that the state contracts with for services. Additionally, the law sets forth a definition for substance use disorders and requires medical necessity determinations to be made in accordance with appropriate patient placement criteria established by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).

Source: AHP Healthcare SolutionsAugust 29, 2011