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The Kennedy Forum is committed to the full implementation and enforcement of the Parity Law.

The Kennedy Forum is committed to the full implementation and enforcement of the Parity Law.

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA or Parity Law) promised equity in the insurance coverage of mental health and substance use disorder care, but years later mental health parity is still not a reality and too many Americans continue to be denied care when they need it the most. To fulfill the promise of the Parity law, we must hold health insurance plans accountable to comply with the letter and spirit of the law.

This will require significant leadership from our federal and state governments.
— Patrick J. Kennedy

That is why the Kennedy Forum is working with policymakers and regulators to push for clear regulations and guidance to implement the law in the commercial market and in Medicaid managed care and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The Kennedy Forum is also calling for strong, public enforcement of the law.

Parity also depends in large part on consumers knowing their rights. The Kennedy Forum is committed to educating consumers and health care providers about the Parity law and providing them the tools and resources they need to ask for the treatment and services that are guaranteed under the law and to appeal denials of care when they occur.

Focus Group Participants

  • Sarika Aggarwal, MD

    Fallon Community Health Plan

  • Meiram Bendat, JD,PhD

    Psych Appeal

  • Sarah E. Burns

    Rosenfield Rafik & Sullivan, PC

  • Luke Butler

    Scattergood Foundation

  • Mady Chalk

    Treatment Research Institute

  • Tim Clement

    Scattergood Foundation

  • Gary M. Cohen

    Gary M. Cohen Consulting

  • Nathaniel Counts, JD

    Mental Health America

  • Jason Cowart

    Zuckerman Spaeder LLP

  • Colleen Coyle

    American Psychiatric Association

  • Steve Daviss, MD

    M3 Information

  • Alice Dembner

    Community Catalyst

  • Catherine Dodd, PhD, RN

    SF Health Service System

  • Adam Easterday


  • Adrienne Ellis

    Mental Health Association of Maryland

  • Mary Jane England, PhD

    Boston University

  • Joshua Feast

    Cogito Corporation

  • Marcelo Fernandez-Vina, MPH

    Scattergood Foundation

  • Stephen Fried

    Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the University of Pennsylvania

  • Larry Goldman

    Value Options

  • Frederic S. Goldstein

    Population Health Alliance

  • Michael Gomes


  • Pamela Greenberg

    Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness

  • Karen Greenrose

    American Association of Providers Provider Organizations

  • Garielle de la Gueronniere, JD

    Legal Action Center

  • Ron Honberg

    National Alliance on Mental Illness

  • D. Brian Hufford Zuckerman Spaeder LLP

    Zuckerman Spaeder LLP

  • Lisa S. Kantor

    Kantor & Kantor, LLP

  • Roger Kathol, MD

    Cartesian Solutions, Inc

  • Lisa Landau

    NYS Office of the Attorney General

  • Cheri Lattimer

    Case Management Association of America

  • Bradley Lerner

    Value Options

  • Karla Lopez

    Legal Action Center

  • Martin Lustick, MD

    Excellus BCBS

  • Randy Madry

    Preventing Colorectal Cancer

  • Carol McDaid

    Capitol Decisions

  • Clare D. McGorrian

    Health Law Advocates

  • Beth Ann Middlebrook, JD

    The Watershed Addiction

  • Doug Moeller, MD

    McKesson Health Solutions

  • Irvin Muszynski

    American Psychiatric Association

  • Thomas Naughton


  • Julie O’Brien

    Alicare Medical Management

  • Samantha Olds

    IL Association of Medicaid Health Plans

  • Skyler Place, PhD

    Cogito Corporation

  • Renee Popovits

    Popovits & Robinson, PC Linda Raines National Mental Health Association of Maryland

  • Michael D. Reisman

    Office of the New York State Attorney General

  • Howard Rosen


  • Stephen Rosenfeld

    Rosenfeld Rafik & Sullivan, PC

  • Elyn R. Saks

    University of Southern California

  • Paul Samuels

    Legal Action Center

  • Susan Sargent

    Sargent Healthcare Management Advisors

  • Matt Selig

    Health Law Advocates

  • Gib Smith

    National Association of Independent Review Organizations

  • Andrew Sperling

    National Alliance on Mental Illness

  • Kathryn Trepinski

    Law Offices of Kathryn Trepinski

  • Marilyn Vadon

    American Psychiatric Association

  • Margaret VanAmringe, MHS

    Joint Commission

  • Victoria Veltri, JD, LLM

    State of Connecticut

  • Abby Woodworth

    Treatment Research Institute

  • Ellen Weber

    University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

  • Joy Johnson Wilson

    National Conference of State Legislatures

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