New Illinois Law Boosts Mental Health, Addiction Treatment Coverage

Lisa Schencker | August 24, 2018

New Illinois Law Boosts Mental Health, Addiction Treatment Coverage
Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill Wednesday that strengthens insurance coverage for mental health conditions and addiction treatment a measure that advocates say is one of the strongest of its kind in the nation. Federal and state laws already prohibit insurers from covering mental health and substance use disorders at lower levels than physical medical conditions, but advocacy and other groups have expressed concerns that insurance coverage for treatment was still getting short shrift. They considered the issue especially pertinent given the current epidemic of opioid addiction.

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"The Internet has moved well beyond static Web pages to power dynamic Web applications that enable business partners to work together in new ways, integrate business processes and handle payments more easily. More and more, organizations rely on Web applications as a primary means of doing business. Applications may incorporate the use of forms to interact with personal information (such as credit card, bank account and medical history information), as well as classified/confidential organizational information. And as more sites adopt Web 2.0 technologies including Web Services, service oriented architecture (SOA) and AJAX to perform online transactions, one thing is certain— security risks will increase."

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