Task Force Aims to Impose Standards on Addiction Treatment Field

Task Force Aims to Impose Standards on Addiction Treatment Field
A group of addiction treatment experts and insurance company executives have formed a task force that aims to impose standards on the addiction treatment field, according to The Wall Street Journal . The Substance Use Treatment Task Force will evaluate treatment approaches shown to be most effective, and draft a plan to ensure that state agencies and insurance companies require addiction treatment centers to use those approaches as a condition for licensing and payment. The group includes Penny Mills, Chief Executive of the American Society of Addiction Medicine; Michael Botticelli, former Director of the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy; and officials from Cigna and UnitedHealth Group. Gary Mendell, founder of the addiction advocacy group Shatterproof, is organizing the task force.
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Task Force Calls for Better Enforcement of Mental Health and Addiction Parity Law

Task Force Calls for Better Enforcement of Mental Health and Addiction Parity Law
A presidential task force has made recommendations to ensure people with addiction and mental illness do not face discrimination in treatment, according to NPR . The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, passed in 2008, requires larger employer-based insurance plans to cover psychiatric illnesses and substance use disorders in the same way they do illnesses such as cancer and multiple sclerosis. There has been lax enforcement of the law, and little guidance for the public about how to file a complaint, the article notes. The task force called for $9.3 million in funding to improve enforcement of the parity law. “These disorders affect society in ways that go beyond the direct cost of care,” the report authors wrote. “Without effective treatment, people with these health conditions may find it difficult to find or maintain a job, may be less able to pursue education and training opportunities, may require more...
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