Parity Complaint Registry and Appeal Resource website launched

The Kennedy Forum has launched the Parity Complaint Registry to track, study and report on how insurance companies are making adverse determinations against people with mental health or addiction issues.

Health insurance carriers are supposed to provide coverage for mental health and substance use disorders that is equal to the kind of coverage that is offered for medical/surgical benefits, especially in regard to financial requirements and treatment limitations.

The Parity Complaint Registry will record and document complaints of people who were denied their rights to equal coverage by insurers who are evading the consumer protections intended by federal parity law.

The Resources Page of the Parity Complaint Registry website also provides information to help consumers who want to file a complaint or appeal with their health plan or State regulatory agency.

 


Yahoo News Special Report: Patrick Kennedy breaks silence on family’s addiction secrets

Patrick Kennedy Yahoo New interviewCheck out an interview with this year’s key note speaker on Yahoo News. To view the video click on this link: Patrick Kennedy breaks silence on family’s addiction secrets.


“A Common Struggle” will be released on October 5, 2015

A Common Struggle

On October 5, 2015, Patrick Kennedy’s book, A Common Struggle, will be released. The book details his personal and political battle with mental illness and addiction, exploring mental health care’s history in the country alongside his and every family’s private struggles.

A Common Struggle weaves together Kennedy’s private and professional narratives, echoing Kennedy’s philosophy that for him, the personal is political and the political personal. Focusing on the years from his ’coming out’ about suffering from bipolar disorder and addiction to the present day, the book examines Kennedy’s journey toward recovery and reflects on Americans’ propensity to treat mental illnesses as “family secrets.”

Patrick’s new book will be available for purchase at the 4th Annual Family Resilience Conference. He will do a book signing following his keynote address and audience Q&A.


Kennedy Forum releases 2nd edition of “Parity Resource Guide for Addiction & Mental Health Consumers, Providers and Advocates”

Parity Resource Guide for Addiction & Mental Health Consumers, Providers and AdvocatesThe Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act was passed in 2008. The final regulations were published in 2013 and are now in full effect. For those being denied the care they need and are guaranteed under this law, The Kennedy Forum has released the second edition of the, “Parity Resource Guide for Addiction & Mental Health Consumers, Providers and Advocates”.

This guide is intended to assist individuals and families who need help filing appeals when their access to behavioral health services has been denied or when their health plans refuse to pay after they have received treatment.