Posted Today in CMO Perspective: ‘New Law Supports Behavioral Health Access and Equity, Effective Jan. 1, 2023’

December 27, 2022

The CMO Perspective on our Provider website features blog-style posts from our vice president and chief medical officer, Derek Robinson, M.D. 

This month, we’re spotlighting Illinois House Bill 2595 (Public Act 102-0579), Generally Accepted Standards of Behavioral Health Care Act of 2021. This new law requires that insurers cover all medically necessary behavioral health care services as essential health care services, beginning Jan. 1, 2023, for all eligible members. 

See Dr. Robinson’s latest CMO Perspective entry, New Law Supports Behavioral Health Access and Equity, Effective Jan. 1, 2023, for an overview of key points, such as:

  • What’s changing with IL HB 2595? What’s not changing?
  • How does IL HB 2595 affect providers?
  • What’s BCBSIL doing to increase awareness?

As Dr. Robinson notes, “Physical health does not truly exist without mental health, and mental health services should not be a challenge to access and should meet the needs of our communities. Now is the time to close this gap and ensure that quality care is available for the whole person, and for all people.”

Thank you for supporting our members on their health and wellness journeys.


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