Don't Deny Me is a website that empowers consumers and providers to stand up for 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. Educational resources, including a consumer infographic and posters and brochures for provider offices, are available for download.
Parity Registry is a website where consumers can find guidance and register complaints against insurance companies after being wrongfully denied coverage for mental health or addiction treatment services. This data will help provide the necessary insights to shape public policy and influence future legislation.
Parity Track is a website where journalists, consumers, 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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Former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy (D-RI) is a lifelong mental health advocate and served as a Commissioner on the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. He is the founder of The Kennedy Forum, a convening think tank focused on mental health and addiction policy; and co-founder of One Mind, a global leader in open science collaboration for brain research. In 2015, he co-authored, A Common Struggle, a New York Times best seller, which details his personal journey and provides a roadmap for the future of mental health policy. Mr. Kennedy is pushing for full enforcement of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. He was the lead sponsor of this groundbreaking legislation, which requires health plans cover mental health, eating disorders, and addiction care health benefits the same way they cover physical health benefits.