People in recovery face discrimination in the workplace, health care, and everyday life, and litigation may be the only way to force changes in some cases, experts say.
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A chance encounter on a New Hampshire public-radio station helped pave the way for a successful alliance between addiction and mental health advocates, resulting in a new health-insurance parity law.
Many large employers are as dissatisfied with managed behavioral healthcare as their employees are, but that doesn't mean they support parity or even lifting lifetime or episode-of-care limits on addiction treatment.
Parity legislation is moving forward in the U.S. Congress, but the recent measure excludes addiction treatment as part of its coverage.
The Employee Assistance Professionals Association is one of the co-sponsors of the Demand Treatment project, and a number local Demand Treatment partnerships feature participation by EAPs.
Advocates for parity legislation for addiction and mental-health disorders need to build their case on solid data, line up bipartisan support, know their enemies, and not be afraid to go for a comprehensive bill.
The New Hampshire House of Representatives is considering a bill that would require insurance companies to cover treatment of addiction on a par with other illnesses.
A newly released national survey of addiction-treatment facilities shows an increase in the number of centers with managed-care contracts.
Join Together recently interviewed new NASADAD Executive Director Lewis Gallant about his new position, dealing with the Bush administration, and major issues currently confronting the addiction field.
Education, training, and infrastructure-development would help get doctors to screen their patients for addiction and advocate for treatment and recovery, according to physicians who took part in Join Together's inaugural Demand Treatment Institute.