ASAM is proud to partner with its 39 independent State Chapters to advance access to high-quality, evidence-based addiction treatment.

State Advocacy

State Capitol

On a diverse set of issues ranging from mental health and addiction parity to pharmacy regulation, American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) State Chapters are instrumental in shaping addiction policy conversations in state capitols across the country.  ASAM National staff can track addiction-related state legislation and regulations; help keep State Chapters informed of state policy developments, and provide them with consultation and technical assistance on state-level issues important to them. In addition, ASAM National staff closely works with many other national organizations on mental health and addiction issues and can connect ASAM State Chapters with those national organizations and their state branches.

ASAM Encourages Stakeholders to Highlight Tool for Prospective Review of Parity Compliance

August 3, 2020

 

On August 3, ASAM and 11 other organizations submitted a letter to Katie Dzurec and Jane Beyer, the chair and vice chair respectively of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act Working Group of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. In the letter, the organizations urged the Working Group to highlight the quantitative treatment limitations (QTL) / financial requirements (FR) template and instructions, which the Pennsylvania Insurance Department presented to the Working Group, to health insurance regulators across the country. Furthermore, the organizations encouraged the Working Group to move forward with efforts to develop a non-quantitative treatment limitations (NQTL) template.

 

Specifically, the organizations noted it is vital that insurers prospectively demonstrate compliance with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) to ensure that patients receive the benefit of their premium dollars. The QTL/FR template and instructions makes all the necessary calculations required for insurers and regulators to prospectively determine whether a plan’s QTL and FR are consistent across its mental health/substance use disorder benefits and its medical/surgical benefits. The letter concluded by encouraging the Working Group to develop a similar tool for evaluating a plan’s NQTL. 

 

Read the letter here

Legislative Tracking

ASAM tracks legislation relating to its chapters' legislative priorities in all 50 states. 

Chapter Leadership

ASAM's state chapters are led by experts in the field of addiction medicine. Each chapter elects its own leaders. 

East - Regions I, III, IV, V, X

West - Regions II, VI, VII, VIII

State Advocacy Resources

Find tools designed to help support your advocacy efforts with state legislators and regulators here. 

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