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Kennedy Forum Parity Tools

Don’t Deny Me is a website that educates consumers and providers about patient rights under the Federal Parity Law, which requires insurers to cover illnesses of the brain, such as depression or addiction, no more restrictively than illnesses of the body, such as diabetes or cancer. Providers are encouraged to download and print posters, brochures, and infographics to use in patient settings.

Parity Registry is a website where consumers can learn to file appeals—after wrongful denials of insurance coverage for mental health and addiction treatment services—and register complaints against their health plans.

Parity Track is a website where policymakers and others can track legislative, regulatory, and legal parity activities in all 50 states and at the federal level to monitor implementation and best practices.

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Media Resources

The Kennedy Forum Blog — providing clear, credible commentary and analysis on today’s most pressing issues in mental health and addiction parity, policy, and treatment.

About

Founded in 2013 by former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy (D-R.I.), The Kennedy Forum focuses on advancing evidence-based practices, policies, and programming in mental health and substance use issues. This is achieved through promoting public discourse in health and addiction issues, ensuring equal coverage for patients living with mental health and/or substance use disorders; and advancing prevention and treatment throughout the entire continuum of the healthcare delivery system. The Kennedy Forum’s collaborative partnerships help to foster greater provider accountability, integration and coordination, cutting-edge technologies, and brain fitness and health. The nonprofit organization publishes frequent issue briefs and is a repository of other educational resources on parity issues.

What is Parity?

Parity is the Law: The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (the Federal Parity Law) requires that health plans cover mental health, eating disorder, and addiction care health benefits the same way they cover physical health benefits.