KUPCHICK CHAMPIONS MAJOR MENTAL HEALTH LEGISLATION

Posted on May 31, 2019 by jdooley


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HARTFORD- State Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-Fairfield) hailed passage of historic bi-partisan legislation on mental health and substance use in the House of Representatives today.

State Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-132) with House Insurance Chair Sean Scanlon (R-Guilford) celebrating passage of the milestone mental health legislation.

The legislation, House Bill 7125, requires insurance companies to submit annual reports concerning parity for mental health and substance use disorder, requires health insurance coverage for prescription drugs prescribed for the treatment of substance use disorders and requires health insurance coverage for substance abuse treatment regardless of whether such services were provided pursuant to a court order. If passed, it would be one of the strongest mental health parity laws in the nation.

“I salute the unanimous, bi-partisan vote in the House of Representatives. By expanding access to care, this bill will save lives. Since the tragedy in Sandy Hook I have advocated for more access for mental health, the unfortunate truth is that if someone has a substantial or serious physical health issue, such as a heart ailment they are treated without delay in the state of Connecticut, but if that same individual has a mental health issue, they are left running around in a maze of bureaucracies trying to get the help they need,” said Rep. Brenda Kupchick.

Earlier in the legislative session, Rep. Kupchick participated in a Mental Health Parity press conference with Patrick J. Kennedy, a former Rhode Island congressman and founder of the Kennedy Forum.

At the time, former Congressman Kennedy said, “With the passage of HB 7125, Connecticut can become a national leader in ending insurer discrimination against those with mental health and substance use disorders.”

“Connecticut must hold health insurance plans accountable and demand full disclosure of treatment limitations and medical necessity criteria to force plans to prove equal coverage of mental health and addiction treatment services,” said Rep. Kupchick.

 

The bill now heads to the State Senate for final debate and vote.