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Illinois receives perfect score for mental health parity laws

Illinois has the strongest mental health parity laws and policies in the country, according to a report released last week by the Kennedy-Satcher Center for Mental Health Equity. Illinois’ statutes, according to the report, maintain equal coverage better than all other states. “Our goal is to lead the nation in providing high quality, cost efficient […]

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Medicare set to strip eligibility from Aurora Chicago Lakeshore Hospital

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is set to strip Aurora Chicago Lakeshore Hospital of its Medicare eligibility because it’s failed to take proper steps to protect suicidal patients. During a July visit, CMS found that the psychiatric hospital had wall-mounted telephones with metal cords longer than 12 inches, was not locking unused doors […]

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Rauner signs bills boosting mental health access

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation Wednesday strengthening the state's mental health parity law. It's one of five bills he signed this week aimed at increasing access to mental health treatment, earning the praise of state lawmakers, advocates and former Democratic Congressman Patrick Kennedy, founder of the Kennedy Forum.
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Telemedicine task force ponders how to boost student mental health

A task force charged with recommending regulatory changes to encourage telehealth in the state’s Medicaid program considered how to boost children's mental health through school-based clinics at a Wednesday meeting.
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Rauner approves path for mental health counseling without parental consent

Children ages 12 and older can request and receive counseling services or psychotherapy on an outpatient basis without the consent of a parent or guardian, under a law signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner Friday. It was one of several bills approved by Rauner late last week.
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