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MPA Pushes State to Enforce MH Parity

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C/O NASW-Massachusetts Chapter 
14 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108 
May 19 2014 
Attorney General Martha Coakley 
One Ashburton Place 
Boston, MA 02108-1598 

Thomas M. O'Brien 
Assistant Attorney General 
Chief, Health Care Division 
Office of Attorney General Martha Coakley 
One Ashburton Place 
Boston, MA 02108-1598 

Dear Ms. Coakley and Mr. O’Brien: 
All health carriers were required to submit a certification of compliance with state and federal health parity requirements with the Division of Insurance by October 1, 2013. Specifically, the Division’s regulations (211 CMR 
154.03 (1) require Carriers to review their administrative practices to determine if they are in compliance with state and federal parity laws no later than October 1, 2013. Carriers were further directed to certify that their practices 
were either in compliance with federal and state parity laws; and if they were not in compliance, the steps the Carrier has taken to bring the practices into compliance. We understand these reports were supposed to be a matter of public record, but we have been unable to review them. 

The details of those reports have tremendous implications for consumer protection and access to behavioral health 
services. To date, the Division of Insurance has not released those reports. We the undersigned members of the Massachusetts Mental Health Coalition respectfully request any assistance your office can provide in obtaining the public availability of those reports. 

Michael A. Goldberg, Ph.D. 
Director of Professional Affairs 
Massachusetts Psychological Association 

David Matteodo 
Executive Director 
Mass. Association of Behavioral Health Systems, Inc

Laurie Martinelli 
Executive Director 
Tim O’Leary 
Deputy Director 
Massachusetts Association for Mental Health 

Carol J. Trust, LICSW 
Executive Director 
National Association of Social Workers - MA Chapter 

MPA Pushes State to Enforce MH Parity

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