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Petition: Mental Health Parity Act

on Wed, 02/29/2012 - 06:57

APA is working hard to bring BCBS of Florida’s actions in terminating its mental health network providers from its network and asking them to re-contract at significantly reduced rates and with greater restrictions on service to Congress and to the Administration.  We need your help to be successful in preventing insurance companies from making an  end run around the requirements of the Mental Health Parity Act that we fought so hard to have Congress pass.  Take a minute and sign the petition below, send it to your constituents, members,  friends, patients, neighbors and anyone else you know who is interested in insuring that mental health and addiction recovery patients have access to care.  Thank you for your concern!

Dear Members:

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida's recent actions in terminating mental health and addiction service providers and seeking new contracts through its affiliate New Directions Behavioral Health has generated many complaints. We are working with mental health and addiction recovery advocacy groups throughout the State of Florida and the United States to address these complaints about patient care and access to care through advocacy in Congress, with the Administration and with BCBS FL and New Directions.  We need you to do things to improve the situation for your patients:

1. Complete this survey and forward it to anyone who may be a patient, patient family member or provider in Florida that is impacted by BCBS FL's actions; and

2. Sign this petition and send the link to everyone you know who wants to see parity in treatment for mental health and substance use patients regardless of whether or not they live in Florida.http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/mental-health-parity/.

The survey and petition are also located on the Florida Psychiatric Society's website home page:www.floridapsych.org.

Your participation is important to ensuring quality care for mental health and addiction recovery patients. 

If you have already signed the petition, please note that slight changes have been made to its wording to clarify some of the points.  This was in response to questions that were raised about the first one. No significant changes have been made to its meaning. We encourage you to review it.