Department of Insurance Launches Mental Health Insurance Awareness Campaign

Helping Families. Supporting Communities. Empowering Individuals.

4/29/2016

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BRUCE RAUNER
Governor

ANNE MELISSA DOWLING
Acting Director - Department of Insurance

Illinois Department of Insurance

DOI Launches Mental Health Insurance Awareness Campaign (pdf)

CONTACT: Anjali Julka,
312-793-9635
Anjali.Julka@illinois.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Department of Insurance Launches Mental Health Insurance Awareness Campaign

DOI announces new toolkit to help residents navigate insurance coverage requirements for behavioral health and substance use disorders claims

SPRINGFIELD-April 27, 2016. The Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) launched a consumer education awareness campaign in partnership with other state agencies and healthcare organizations across the state to help Illinois families navigate health insurance coverage for mental health and substance use disorders. DOI also announced that its new consumer mental health insurance toolkit is now available on its website http://insurance.illinois.gov .

"We want to help families make sound choices, get the right care from their coverage and be aware of the resources available through their Department of Insurance," said Acting Director Anne Melissa Dowling. "Families are often dealing with mental health issues and need support during vulnerable moments in their lives. Our goal is to ensure that consumers gain a better understanding of their rights under state and federal insurance laws."

DOI's Consumer Toolkit for Navigating Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorder Care Through Your Health Insurance Plan is a free, step-by-step, plain-language template that families and providers can use to submit requests for pre-authorization of medically necessary behavioral health services to insurance companies. The toolkit includes easy-to-follow instructions, a glossary of terms and a checklist for organizing information. Additionally, DOI directed resources within the Office of Consumer Health Insurance (OCHI) in response to families looking for assistance in navigating access to mental health and substance use disorder needs within their health insurance plans. Illinois residents can call OCHI toll-free at 1-877-527-9431, Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

DOI's consumer education seminars kicked off at The Project of the Quad Cities in Moline on April 26. Upcoming seminars will be held at the following locations:

Crusader Community Health
1200 W. State St., Rockford
Thurs, May 19, 2016 - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Normal Public Library
206 W. College Ave., Normal
Thurs, May 26, 2016 - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Collinsville Memorial Library
408 W. Main St., Collinsville
Tues, May 31, 2016 - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Komed-Holman Health Center of Near North Health Service Corporation
4259 S. Berkeley Ave., Chicago
Wed, June 1, 2016 - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.