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Equality Standards For Health Insurance Coverage: Will The Mental Health Parity And Addiction Equity Act End The Discrimination?, Ellen M. Weber Oct 2012

Equality Standards For Health Insurance Coverage: Will The Mental Health Parity And Addiction Equity Act End The Discrimination?, Ellen M. Weber

Ellen M. Weber

Congress enacted the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act in 2008 to end discriminatory health insurance coverage for persons with mental health and substance use disorders in large employer health plans. Adopting a comprehensive regulatory approach akin to other civil rights laws, the Parity Act requires “equity” in all plan features, including cost-sharing, durational limits and, most critically, the plan management practices that are used to deny many families medically necessary behavioral health care. Beginning in 2014, all health plans regulated by the Affordable Care Act must also comply with parity standards, effectively ending the second-class insurance status of ...


Civil Legal Needs Of Individuals In Drug Treatment, Ellen M. Weber, Rachel C. Grunberger, Kevin E. O'Grady, Amelia M. Arria Oct 2012

Civil Legal Needs Of Individuals In Drug Treatment, Ellen M. Weber, Rachel C. Grunberger, Kevin E. O'Grady, Amelia M. Arria

Ellen M. Weber

No abstract provided.


Medical Marijuana And The Law, Diane Hoffmann, Ellen Weber Oct 2012

Medical Marijuana And The Law, Diane Hoffmann, Ellen Weber

Ellen M. Weber

No abstract provided.


Failure Of Physicians To Prescribe Pharmacotherapies For Addiction: Regulatory Restrictions And Physician Resistance, Ellen M. Weber Oct 2012

Failure Of Physicians To Prescribe Pharmacotherapies For Addiction: Regulatory Restrictions And Physician Resistance, Ellen M. Weber

Ellen M. Weber

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Bridging The Barriers: Public Health Strategies For Expanding Drug Treatment In Communities, Ellen M. Weber Oct 2012

Bridging The Barriers: Public Health Strategies For Expanding Drug Treatment In Communities, Ellen M. Weber

Ellen M. Weber

States around the country have begun to adopt programs to divert drug offenders from jails and prisons to community-based drug treatment services. For this strategy to succeed, local officials will need to expand the availability of outpatient and residential treatment programs and address the barriers to siting treatment services, the most significant of which are community opposition and government zoning policies that facilitate community resistance. Civil rights laws, including the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Housing Act (FHA), prohibit zoning discrimination against persons with histories of alcoholism and drug dependence and provide a solid legal foundation for ...