Behavioral Health Transformation and Payment Reform

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November 11, 2021 11:00 AM PT
1 hour, 30 minutes

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the nation’s overwhelming need to address behavioral health gaps and opened new doors to telehealth treatment and opportunities for payment parity.

Join us for a discussion on transformation and payment reform in behavioral health. We’ll address payment parity at the federal and state levels, and how it’s impacting the continuum of care. Additionally, we’ll cover:

  • Provide an overview of behavioral health parity across the US
  • Discuss what’s happening at state levels to help guarantee commercial payers are covering treatment and leveraging telehealth services
  • Explore innovation and upheavals, including consolidation, primary care integration, and new entrants to behavioral health
  • Discuss how the pandemic changed how mental health is valued and treated

Please note when you register, you’ll be registering for all three sessions in the series. More CPE information is available here.



Patrick J. Kennedy, Former US Representative, US House of Representatives

During his 16 years in the US House of Representatives, serving Rhode Island’s First Congressional District, Patrick J. Kennedy fought to end discrimination against those with mental illness, addiction, and other brain diseases. He’s best known as the lead sponsor of the landmark Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (Federal Parity Law), which was passed with bipartisan support and signed into law by President George W. Bush on October 3, 2008. The Federal Parity Law provides millions of Americans access to mental health and addiction treatment by requiring insurance companies to cover treatment for mental health and substance use disorders no more restrictively than treatment for illnesses of the body, such as diabetes and cancer.

John Arch, Nebraska State Senator

Senator John Arch represents District 14 in the Nebraska Legislature and serves as chair of the Health and Human Services Committee and as a member in the General Affairs and Urban Affairs Committees. Before beginning his first term, in 2019, Senator Arch served in health care administration for over 30 years. For the last 25 years, he worked for Boys Town in its health care division, the last seven as executive vice president of health care and director of the National Research Hospital and Clinics.

Shawn Coughlin, President and CEO, National Association for Behavioral Healthcare (NABH)

Shawn Coughlin brings more than 30 years of advocacy experience to the association. He’s a leading health care advocate and policy expert who works with patient and provider groups, regulators, public and private payers, and trade associations. As CEO, Coughlin serves as the association’s principal lobbyist, oversees the association’s advocacy work on Capitol Hill, and helps to set and implement strategic policy goals that support high-quality, evidence-based behavioral health care for Americans living with mental and substance use disorders.

David Lloyd, Senior Policy Advisor, The Kennedy Forum

David Lloyd focuses on a range of behavioral health policy issues, including implementation of the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and state-level parity laws. Previously, he was vice president at Voices for Illinois Children and director of its fiscal policy center, which was part of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ State Priorities Partnership. Lloyd also served as a legislative assistant to US Senator Debbie Stabenow, covering a variety of issues including housing, economic development, tax, and international trade.

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