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Delaware’s First Mental Health Parity Examinations CompleteDate Posted: November 19, 2020
Regional Coalition of Northeast Governors: Colleges Will Be Encouraged to Provide Testing for StudentsDate Posted: November 18, 2020
Electronic Tax Filing Requirements for BusinessesDate Posted: November 18, 2020
Additional Direct Support Now Available to Small Businesses Applying for DE Relief GrantsDate Posted: November 18, 2020
Second Suspect Charged For Murder Of Madison SparrowDate Posted: November 17, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Additional COVID-19 RestrictionsDate Posted: November 17, 2020
November 17, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: November 17, 2020
Delaware Launches Free CyberStart America ChallengeDate Posted: November 17, 2020
20 District/Charter Educational Support Professionals of the Year honored, one to be named state winnerDate Posted: November 16, 2020
Delaware Finalist for International Insurance Domicile of the YearDate Posted: November 16, 2020
Delaware Division of Public Health Announces Data Breach IncidentDate Posted: November 15, 2020
Relief Fund’s Community Resiliency Fund Applications Due Nov. 15Date Posted: November 14, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH, DEMA Announce Community COVID-19 Testing SitesDate Posted: November 13, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update-Nov. 13, 2020: New Daily Cases Continue to Spike; Hospitalizations, Deaths Continue to IncreaseDate Posted: November 13, 2020
Unified Command For Oil Incident Along Delaware, Maryland Beaches Suspends Cleanup OperationsDate Posted: November 13, 2020
AG Jennings calls on Barr to reverse new policy that “will erode the public’s confidence in the 2020 election”Date Posted: November 13, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH Announce Testing Partnership with Nemours, Pediatric Care Providers across DelawareDate Posted: November 13, 2020
Secretary of State Bullock Sends Diwali Greetings and Well WishesDate Posted: November 13, 2020
Deadline Set For Applying To DE Relief Grant ProgramDate Posted: November 12, 2020
DNREC Issues Croda NOV for Air Quality Permit ViolationsDate Posted: November 12, 2020
Delaware Joins the ALL-IN Foster Adoption ChallengeDate Posted: November 12, 2020
Delaware Public Health Officials Confirm First Flu Case of the 2020-2021 SeasonDate Posted: November 12, 2020
DNREC to Break Ground on Killens Pond Elevated WalkwayDate Posted: November 12, 2020
Delaware Veterans Day 2020Date Posted: November 10, 2020
More Delaware Beaches are Cleared of Oily DebrisDate Posted: November 10, 2020
November 10, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: November 10, 2020
DNREC Natural Resources Police Collect Toys as Holiday Gifts for Delaware ChildrenDate Posted: November 10, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH, DEMA Announce Community COVID-19 Testing SitesDate Posted: November 9, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update – Nov. 6, 2020: Delaware Sees Highest Single-Day Total of New Cases Since Height of PandemicDate Posted: November 6, 2020
Attorney General Jennings Secures Relief for Investors in Real Estate Joint VentureDate Posted: November 6, 2020
Reminder: FY 2022 Budget Hearings To Be Held Virtually Nov 9 – 20Date Posted: November 6, 2020
Governor Carney Issues Second Revision to Omnibus COVID-19 OrderDate Posted: November 5, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Nominations to Key Administration PostsDate Posted: November 5, 2020
Some Southern Delaware, Maryland Beaches Cleared of Oily Debris, Tar BallsDate Posted: November 5, 2020
Del. Museums Sponsor Three Virtual-Programs During NovemberDate Posted: November 4, 2020
Delaware Emitirá Beneficios de Emergencia Para Octubre a los Hogares Elegibles de SNAP, TANF, y Asistencia GeneralDate Posted: November 4, 2020
Statement from Attorney General Jennings on passing of Elaine and Wayne ManloveDate Posted: November 3, 2020
November 03, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: November 2, 2020
Child and Adult Care Food Program offers meal reimbursementDate Posted: November 2, 2020
Unified Command for Delaware Coastal Oil Spill Assesses Cleanup Effort and Smaller Remaining Tar Balls on BeachesDate Posted: November 2, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH, DEMA Announce Community COVID-19 Testing Sites Date Posted: November 1, 2020
Enrollment Open For Delaware’s Health Insurance MarketplaceDate Posted: November 1, 2020
URGENT: Get Your Ballot In!Date Posted: October 31, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update – Oct. 30, 2020: New Daily Cases, Hospitalizations Remain Elevated; Deaths IncreaseDate Posted: October 30, 2020
DNREC Extends Public Comment Period 30 Days for Diamond State Port Corp.’s Proposed Container PortDate Posted: October 30, 2020
Governor Carney Formally Extends State of EmergencyDate Posted: October 30, 2020
Delaware, New Jersey, and Rhode Island Announce Coordination on COVID-19 Testing GuidanceDate Posted: October 30, 2020
Delaware to Issue Emergency Benefits for October to Eligible SNAP, TANF, and General Assistance HouseholdsDate Posted: October 30, 2020
Additional Delaware Hunting Seasons Open in NovemberDate Posted: October 30, 2020
Kent County added to Delaware’s spotted lanternfly quarantineDate Posted: October 29, 2020
Virtual Halloween Costume ContestDate Posted: October 29, 2020
Cleanup Operation Extends from Upper Delaware Bay to Ocean City, Md.Date Posted: October 28, 2020
OMB to Hold FY 2022 Online Budget Hearings November 9 -20Date Posted: October 28, 2020
Expanded eligibility and increased funding for hardest-hit industries now part of DE Relief GrantsDate Posted: October 28, 2020
Motorists Urged to Watch Out for Deer Crossing RoadwaysDate Posted: October 28, 2020
Antes de las elecciones, la Fiscal General Jennings les recuerda a los votantes de sus derechos y responsabilidades.Date Posted: October 27, 2020
Ahead of Election Day, Attorney General Jennings reminds voters of rights and responsibilitiesDate Posted: October 27, 2020
Workers’ Comp. Insurance Rates Drop for Fourth Consecutive YearDate Posted: October 27, 2020
October 27, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: October 26, 2020
State of Delaware Announces Early Childhood Education UpdatesDate Posted: October 26, 2020
DOJ secures Manafort and Gates-connected entity dissolutionsDate Posted: October 26, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH, DEMA Announce Community COVID-19 Testing SitesDate Posted: October 26, 2020
U.S. Coast Guard, DNREC Recover 55 Tons of Oiled DebrisDate Posted: October 26, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Compassionate Champion Award RecipientsDate Posted: October 23, 2020
Attorney General Jennings’ statement on Purdue Pharma plea agreementDate Posted: October 23, 2020
Revenue Announces Decrease in HSCA RateDate Posted: October 23, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update – October 23, 2020: New Daily Cases, Hospitalizations Remain Elevated; Deaths IncreaseDate Posted: October 23, 2020
Public Comment Open, Transcript and Presentation Available on Proposed Plastic Bag Ban RegulationsDate Posted: October 23, 2020
Oil Spill Cleanup of Delaware Bay Coastline Intensifies Today With Additional Resources DeployedDate Posted: October 23, 2020
Deadline for Second Round of TIIF Grant Application ApproachingDate Posted: October 22, 2020
Trout Stocked in White Clay Creek for Fall FishingDate Posted: October 22, 2020
Unified Command, Incident Command Post Established for Oil Cleanup Efforts on Delaware ShoreDate Posted: October 21, 2020
COVID Alert DE Surpasses 50,000 Downloads of AppDate Posted: October 20, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Health Care Relief Fund Date Posted: October 20, 2020
DNREC Continues Working to Assess and Clean Up Oil Spill in Delaware Bay and Southern BeachesDate Posted: October 20, 2020
Victrola Museum’s virtual Halloween program on Oct. 30, 2020Date Posted: October 20, 2020
October 20, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: October 20, 2020
DNREC Emergency Response Working to Control Oil Spill That Washed Ashore at Broadkill BeachDate Posted: October 19, 2020
Deadline Extended until October 25 for Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Service AwardsDate Posted: October 19, 2020
Delaware Announces Grant Program for Contract Poultry Growers Impacted by COVID-19Date Posted: October 19, 2020
Governor Carney Authorizes Delaware National Guard Cybersecurity Squadron to Support 2020 ElectionDate Posted: October 16, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update Oct. 16, 2020: New Daily Cases, Hospitalizations Remain Elevated; Deaths Continue to IncreaseDate Posted: October 16, 2020
DSHA Celebrates Grand Opening of Splash Laundromat, Presents DDD Rebate CheckDate Posted: October 16, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Expansion of DE Relief Small Business Program to $150MDate Posted: October 15, 2020
GACEC Newsletter Features Middletown TeenagerDate Posted: October 15, 2020
State Auditor Kathy McGuiness and Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro Partner for a Fraud Town HallDate Posted: October 14, 2020
“Civil War Band of Brothers” virtual program from The Old State House on Oct. 22, 2020Date Posted: October 14, 2020
Beebe Healthcare Partners with Lewes Public Library, Delaware Libraries to Support Dolly Parton’s Imagination LibraryDate Posted: October 14, 2020
Delaware Waterfowl and Trout Stamp Art Winners AnnouncedDate Posted: October 14, 2020
Red Clay’s Kimberly Stock named 2021 Delaware Teacher of the YearDate Posted: October 13, 2020
Overdose Medication Distribution Planned For Smyrna WednesdayDate Posted: October 13, 2020
Gov. Carney: Delawareans for Educational Opportunity, DE NAACP Agreement Makes Significant Investment in DE SchoolsDate Posted: October 12, 2020
Update to Lower and Higher Authority Appeals DeadlinesDate Posted: October 12, 2020
October 13, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: October 12, 2020
Delaware Cancer Mortality Rates Decrease Between 2002-2006 & 2012-2016; Improvements Among Specific Races, EthnicitiesDate Posted: October 12, 2020
Learn about the History of Disability  in the Delaware Disability History and Awareness MonthDate Posted: October 12, 2020
Kent/Sussex 911 restored for AT&T customersDate Posted: October 11, 2020
AT&T 911 cell outage in Kent & Sussex CountiesDate Posted: October 11, 2020
Nominations Open for Governor’s Volunteer Awards; Deadline is Oct. 18Date Posted: October 10, 2020
Weekly Update Oct. 9: New Daily COVID-19 Cases Remain Updated in DelawareDate Posted: October 9, 2020

Captive | Captive Insurance | Insurance Commissioner | Date Posted: Thursday, November 19, 2020

Regulated health insurers found to be in violation laws of that prohibit discrimination in mental healthcare, $597K in fees assessed
Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro has announced the completion of the first in a series of Mental Health Parity examinations on health insurers in Delaware. Investigations conducted by the Delaware Department of Insurance uncovered thousands of mental health parity violations, resulting in $597,000 in fines thus far. The exams are ongoing and include each of the four major insurers. The department works with each insurer to correct issues and create a less discriminatory environment in the future. The 2018 passage of SB 230 required companies to submit an initial analysis of mental and behavioral health coverage to the department in 2019, after which the department would include compliance reviews in their annual market conduct exams. A high number of violations was expected due to this being the first assessment by the department.
“After an incredibly thorough review, our team identified many changes that needed to be made to improve parity. Today’s announcement shows that there is more work to do to ensure those seeking mental health care can do so without undue expense or difficulty. I will continue to hold insurers accountable to meet our state’s standards,” said Commissioner Navarro. “Each violation incurred a fine, but it also brought about important conversations that will result in action, and insurers have been cooperative throughout the process and are already making improvements. We will be following up with insurers frequently and expecting substantial progress.”
Mental Health Parity laws, which exist both at the state and federal levels, aim to eliminate coverage discrimination between policyholders seeking mental illness or substance abuse care and those seeking physical care. A lack of parity can prevent a person from pursuing needed care due to cost or limited access, or otherwise make it more expensive or more time intensive than medical visits. Department examinations are critical to uncovering parity issues as consumers may not be aware if they are experiencing disparate treatment when seeking substance abuse or mental health care.
“Everyone deserves equal access to equal treatment. Mental Health Parity has been a priority of mine and the Behavioral Health Consortium. I want to thank Commissioner Navarro and his department for conducting these examinations and advocating for persons suffering with mental health and substance use disorder,” said Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long. “Everyone should be able to access the level of care required for the duration and intensity of their behavioral health needs. Persons should be able to access treatment based on the acuity and severity of their health condition or recovery needs and should never be denied treatment due to insurance practices driven by cost and quotas. This practice has adversely impacted outcomes for persons suffering with mental health and addiction.”
“Making progress on mental health parity has been a priority for our office for several years,” said Navarro, “but this year has emphasized the importance of this task. COVID-19, and all the stress, isolation, anxiety, and grief that has come with it has amplified the need for mental health care access, while also in many ways destigmatizing utilization of services.”
In general, the violations found in policies and practices revolved around a lack of parity between mental health and medical/surgical procedures, medications and procedure preauthorization requirements. Mental health patients often had to meet higher standards for Non-Quantitative Treatment Limitation (limits on the scope or duration of benefits) than other patients, and pharmacy requirements appeared to differ as well. The companies are working to resolve these differences.
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Related Topics:  Behavioral Health, Behavioral Health Consortium, Bethany Hall-Long, Commissioner Navarro, Department of Insurance, Health Insurance, Insurance Commissioner, Insurance Department, L.t Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Lt gov, Lt. Governor Bethany-Hall-Long, mental health, Mental Health Parity, substance use disorder, Trinidad Navarro

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Captive | Captive Insurance | Insurance Commissioner | Date Posted: Thursday, November 19, 2020

Regulated health insurers found to be in violation laws of that prohibit discrimination in mental healthcare, $597K in fees assessed
Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro has announced the completion of the first in a series of Mental Health Parity examinations on health insurers in Delaware. Investigations conducted by the Delaware Department of Insurance uncovered thousands of mental health parity violations, resulting in $597,000 in fines thus far. The exams are ongoing and include each of the four major insurers. The department works with each insurer to correct issues and create a less discriminatory environment in the future. The 2018 passage of SB 230 required companies to submit an initial analysis of mental and behavioral health coverage to the department in 2019, after which the department would include compliance reviews in their annual market conduct exams. A high number of violations was expected due to this being the first assessment by the department.
“After an incredibly thorough review, our team identified many changes that needed to be made to improve parity. Today’s announcement shows that there is more work to do to ensure those seeking mental health care can do so without undue expense or difficulty. I will continue to hold insurers accountable to meet our state’s standards,” said Commissioner Navarro. “Each violation incurred a fine, but it also brought about important conversations that will result in action, and insurers have been cooperative throughout the process and are already making improvements. We will be following up with insurers frequently and expecting substantial progress.”
Mental Health Parity laws, which exist both at the state and federal levels, aim to eliminate coverage discrimination between policyholders seeking mental illness or substance abuse care and those seeking physical care. A lack of parity can prevent a person from pursuing needed care due to cost or limited access, or otherwise make it more expensive or more time intensive than medical visits. Department examinations are critical to uncovering parity issues as consumers may not be aware if they are experiencing disparate treatment when seeking substance abuse or mental health care.
“Everyone deserves equal access to equal treatment. Mental Health Parity has been a priority of mine and the Behavioral Health Consortium. I want to thank Commissioner Navarro and his department for conducting these examinations and advocating for persons suffering with mental health and substance use disorder,” said Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long. “Everyone should be able to access the level of care required for the duration and intensity of their behavioral health needs. Persons should be able to access treatment based on the acuity and severity of their health condition or recovery needs and should never be denied treatment due to insurance practices driven by cost and quotas. This practice has adversely impacted outcomes for persons suffering with mental health and addiction.”
“Making progress on mental health parity has been a priority for our office for several years,” said Navarro, “but this year has emphasized the importance of this task. COVID-19, and all the stress, isolation, anxiety, and grief that has come with it has amplified the need for mental health care access, while also in many ways destigmatizing utilization of services.”
In general, the violations found in policies and practices revolved around a lack of parity between mental health and medical/surgical procedures, medications and procedure preauthorization requirements. Mental health patients often had to meet higher standards for Non-Quantitative Treatment Limitation (limits on the scope or duration of benefits) than other patients, and pharmacy requirements appeared to differ as well. The companies are working to resolve these differences.
Print

Related Topics:  Behavioral Health, Behavioral Health Consortium, Bethany Hall-Long, Commissioner Navarro, Department of Insurance, Health Insurance, Insurance Commissioner, Insurance Department, L.t Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Lt gov, Lt. Governor Bethany-Hall-Long, mental health, Mental Health Parity, substance use disorder, Trinidad Navarro

Keep up to date by receiving a daily digest email, around noon, of current news release posts from state agencies on news.delaware.gov.
Here you can subscribe to future news updates.

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