Mental Health Parity House Bill Passage Applauded by National Council

Mental Health Parity House Bill Passage Applauded by National Council











Washington DC (PRWEB) March 13, 2008

The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare (National Council) commends the U.S. House of Representatives for passing HR 1424, the Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act.

“The House passage of parity marks a historic day in the lives of millions of individuals and families across the country affected by mental and addiction disorders” said Linda Rosenberg, president and CEO of the National Council. “It is time to recognize that these illnesses must be treated on par with other health conditions.”

HR 1424 takes the necessary first step towards ending discriminatory health insurance policies that deny or restrict access to treatment for people who are suffering from mental illnesses and addiction disorders. If it becomes law, the bill will require health insurers to offer mental health benefits equal in cost and scope to medical and surgical benefits. It will prevent insurers from requiring larger co-payments or imposing lower reimbursement ceilings for mental health and addiction conditions.

Rosenberg added, “The National Council promotes a provider-focused public policy and legislative agenda that urges government leaders to improve and strengthen mental health and addictions treatment by acting to promote access to high-quality, cost-effective community-based treatment and supports while assuring adequate resources to meet mental health and addictions treatment needs through necessary increases in Medicaid and Medicare, SCHIP, and federal appropriations and grants.”

The bill passed by a vote of 268-148. This is the first time the parity bill has made it through the House, although the Senate has passed various versions for a decade now. The National Council looks forward to working with Congress towards final passage and enactment of this landmark bill into law.

To speak to national policy experts on the impact of parity, contact Meena Dayak at 301.984.6200, ext. 228 or MeenaD @ thenationalcouncil.org.

About The National Council

The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) association of 1,400 behavioral healthcare organizations that provide treatment and rehabilitation for mental illnesses and addictions disorders to nearly six million adults, children and families in communities across the country. The National Council and its members bear testimony to the fact that medical, social, psychological and rehabilitation services offered in community settings help people with mental illnesses and addiction disorders recover and lead productive lives.

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D.C. Council Chair Kwame Brown, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Help D.C. Youth Focus on Fitness

D.C. Council Chair Kwame Brown, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Help D.C. Youth Focus on Fitness











D.C. Council President Kwame Brown speaking to the children of the Boys & Girls Clubs and other guests.

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) July 19, 2011

Council Chairman Kwame Brown, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington (BGCGW) and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst) celebrated the start of a new program to help D.C. youth live healthier through improved fitness and fun.

Chairman Brown shared his own words with the children at the event about the importance of being healthy and fit. Listen to the Kwame Brown’s audio clip.

Leah Lamb, the Chief Development Officer for BGCGW, Jenny Wallace, Women’s Leadership Committee Member, and Paul Alagero, Director of Corporate Relations for BGCGW, spoke on the benefits of reaching children and helping them to become healthier.

View the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington video.

Lamb led the day’s activities. She spoke about the partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs and CareFirst. The youth at the event joined in for a “thank you.”

Listen to Leah Lamb’s audio clip to hear her comments about the Boys & Girls Clubs’ partnership with CareFirst.

CareFirst presented a $ 75,000 check for the adoption of the Richard England Club House 14 and its goal to enrich the lives of boys and girls in the Greater Washington Metropolitan Area. Since 2005, the BGCGW has received $ 223,500 in funding from CareFirst. Most notably is the BGCGW’s Adopt a Club campaign. CareFirst sponsors Clubhouse 14, in Ward 7.

Karen Dixon, AVP of Corporate Marketing Communications at CareFirst, spoke to the children during the presentation about CareFirst’s emphasis on health and wellness. Listen to Karen Dixon’s audio clip to hear her remarks.

Approximately 858 youth ages 6 to18 from low-income families will have access to a broad range of programs and services administered by BGCGW professional staff specifically trained to deal with this demographic group.

For 125 years, BGCGW has been a leader in youth development, working with young people from disadvantaged economic, social, and family circumstances, and helping them develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens and leaders.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington

Founded in 1886, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington (BGCGW) has been serving youth in the area for more than 125 years. The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington is ‘to help boys and girls of all backgrounds, especially those who need us most, build confidence, develop character and acquire the skills needed to become productive, civic-minded, responsible adults.’ BGCGW is one of the largest affiliates of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, currently operating 21 sites over a 75-miles radius from Fredericksburg, Virginia to Germantown, Maryland. Over 21,000 members attend the Clubs for activities, sports, and encouragement. For more information, visit http://www.bgcgw.org/.

About CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

In its 74th year of service, CareFirst, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, is a not-for-profit health care company which, through its affiliates and subsidiaries, offers a comprehensive portfolio of health insurance products and administrative services to nearly 3.4 million individuals and groups in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia. Through its CareFirst Commitment initiative and other public mission activities, CareFirst supports efforts to increase the accessibility, affordability, safety and quality of health care throughout its service areas. To learn more about CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, visit our Web site at http://www.carefirst.com or follow CareFirst news on Twitter: http://twitter.com/CareFirst_News.

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Ralph J. DiLeone Wins Capital City Club Membership Council Contest

Ralph J. DiLeone Wins Capital City Club Membership Council Contest










RALEIGH, NC (PRWEB) February 11, 2006

Ralph J. DiLeone, Managing Partner at DiLeone & Associates, P.C., has won the Capital City Club Membership Council contest for recruiting the most new members to the club. He was honored at an awards dinner on Feb. 3 at the Capital City Club Restaurant. The Capital City Club is Raleigh’s premiere business club and DiLeone’s recruitment of 12 new members increases club membership to over 3,000.

“I am honored to be recognized by the Capital City Club,” said DiLeone. “I will continue to help the growth of this diverse and prestigious business club.”

About DiLeone & Associates, P.C.:

DiLeone & Associates, P.C., a Raleigh-based law firm, provides legal services concentrating in business and estate planning matters. The firm’s principal practice areas include: acquisitions and mergers, buy-sell agreements for US and international clients, computer software contracts, consulting agreements, corporate succession planning, employment contracts, estate planning- wills and trusts, executive compensation arrangements, financing, franchising, incorporations, independent contractor agreements, joint ventures and partnerships, license agreements, lease agreements, and royalty agreements. Ralph J. DiLeone, Attorney, concentrates his efforts on general business, corporate, merger, acquisition, sale, financing, equity and other capital investments (including venture capital), computer hardware/software, licensing, franchising, joint venture and real estate matters for corporations in such industries as, high-tech, hospitals, physicians, health care organizations, banks, tax exempt organizations, and joint ventures and partnerships. For more information, please call 919-791-0900 or visit the Web site at http://www.dileone.com.

About Capital City Club:

The Capital City Club was established in 1979 as Raleigh’s premiere business club. Since its opening, the Capital City Club has maintained this prestigious title with the business diversity of over 3,000 members who are Wake County’s business leaders in Government, Law, Industry, Business and Education. The Club features the finest in Social and Business Entertaining, state-of-the-art business, telecommunications and meeting facilities in combination with a tradition of gracious personalized service.

Patty Briguglio

MMI Associates, Inc.

919-233-6600

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