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Oregon To Hold State Mental Parity Hearing

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The Oregon Insurance Division is seeking public comments on implementation of a new state law that will affect state-regulated health insurers.

The law, created by the enactment of a 2005 bill, S.B. 1, requires affected health insurers to provide the same level of coverage for treatment of chemical dependency and mental or nervous conditions as they do for other medical conditions.

The Oregon Insurance Division is in the process of writing the administrative rules needed to put the law into effect.

The division has scheduled a March 20 hearing in Salem, Ore., to give members of the public a chance to discuss the administrative rules.

Regulators are especially interested in comments about:

- The definition of “mental and nervous conditions.”

- What constitutes “the same level” of coverage.

- What conditions might be excluded from coverage.

The hearing notice is on the Web at Document Link