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Oregon Mental Health Parity Effective Jan 1, 2008

From AutismRecoveryOR@yahoogroups.com: As you know, SB1, Mental Health Parity, which includes Pervasive Developmental Disorders, has been in effect for almost one year. HB 2918, Parity for Pervasive Developmental Disorders, will go into effect on January 1, 2008. It is vitally important to file a complaint with the Oregon Insurance Division as soon as you receive a denial for coverage from your health insurance company. You can file complaints concerning any matter in which you are being treated unfairly. https://www4.cbs.state.or.us/exs/ins/complaint/ (Complaint form attached.) The Oregon Insurance Division collects important data on these laws. The number of complaints will be an indicator of whether HB2918 and SB1 are serving their intended purpose. The Oregon Insurance Division also advocates on behalf of consumers. http://www.insurance.oregon.gov/publications/consumer/3235.pdf Parents, who have insurance through the Oregon Medical Insurance Pool (OMIP) or PEBB (Public Employees Benefit Plan), are also covered under SB1 and HB 2918. Both OMIP and PEBB choose to follow state mandates. For more information contact: Oregon Insurance Division Consumer Advocacy Hotline 1-888-877-4894 (toll-free) (503) 947-7984 (Salem) http://www.insurance.oregon.gov

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Actual bill for HB 2918: http://landru.leg.state.or.us/07reg/measures/hb2900.dir/hb2918.en.html Another site that covers HB 2918 is http://orautismcoverage.googlepages.com/hb2918 "HB 2918 was passed by the Oregon legislature in 2007. The law took effect on January 1, 2008 for new individual and group health insurance policies and, for renewal policies, the first renewal date after January 1, 2008. Please contact your insurance company to determine the effective date in your plan. "