Every day, we fight to advance parity for millions of Americans with mental health and addiction challenges.

Strong state legislation to bolster the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (Federal Parity Law) is critical. The Kennedy Forum works closely with state legislators, advocacy groups, and others to champion bills designed to increase access to care for those with mental health and substance use disorders and hold insurers accountable for equal coverage of treatment services. Our Model State Parity Legislation has helped to shape essential parity bills in several states. Each section targets key areas that must be addressed to ensure that coverage for mental health and substance use disorders is equal to coverage for other medical conditions. Watch highlights from state efforts below.

State Parity Leaders

Arizona

Bill passed in 2020 based on The Kennedy Forum Model State Parity Legislation.
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California

Bill passed in 2020 based on The Kennedy Forum Model State Parity Legislation.
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Colorado

Bill passed in 2019 based on The Kennedy Forum Model State Parity Legislation.
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Connecticut

Bill passed in 2019 based on The Kennedy Forum Model State Parity Legislation.
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Delaware

Bill passed in 2018 based on The Kennedy Forum Model State Parity Legislation.
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District of Columbia

Bill passed in 2019 based on The Kennedy Forum Model State Parity Legislation.
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Illinois

Bill passed in 2018 based on The Kennedy Forum Model State Parity Legislation.
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Indiana

Bill passed in 2020 based on The Kennedy Forum Model State Parity Legislation.
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New Jersey

Bill passed in 2019 based on The Kennedy Forum Model State Parity Legislation.
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New York

Passed legislation in 2018 to ensure fair data reporting for mental health and addiction coverage and an ombudsman to assist the public.
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Oklahoma

Bill passed in 2020 based on The Kennedy Forum Model State Parity Legislation.
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Rhode Island

Governor Gina Raimondo signed executive order prioritizing parity in 2018.
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Tennessee

Bills passed in 2017 (for Medicaid plans) and 2018 (for commercial plans) based largely on The Kennedy Forum Model State Parity Legislation.
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Texas

Passed legislation in 2018 to mandate a state parity workgroup and create an ombudsman to assist the public.
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