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Louisiana Drug Rehab Provider Townsend Welcomes Parity Ruling On Mental Health, Substance Abuse Disorder Benefits

The Townsend network of Louisiana drug rehab centers reports a final ruling has been issued on parity between addiction disorder health plan benefits and those offered for medical and surgical needs.

New Orleans, LA (PRWEB) – December 18, 2013

As the premiere network of Louisiana drug rehab and addiction treatment centers, Townsend applauds the handing down of a definitive health insurance benefits parity ruling, as issued jointly by the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury. The final rule cites the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) as reason to stop insurance discrimination against those seeking treatment for mental health and substance use disorders.

Policy-holding consumers are now entitled to these treatment coverages just as they are for more typical medical and surgical benefits. The rule is part of recent progress made in the current Presidential administration’s plan to increase access to affordable mental health services all over the country.

The doctors and administrators at Townsend are pleased to provide a Louisiana drug rehab solution that gives individuals with addiction issues the opportunity to seek medical care and counseling without having to be singled out or treated differently . The MHPAEA states parity in benefits coverage should apply to employer-based health care plans and those federally issued as part of the Affordable Care Act.

“While parity for mental illness and addiction has been law for five years, the lack of a final rule on how to interpret the law has kept people from full access to needed care,” said Howard Wetsman, Chief Medical Officer of Townsend. “Now, with the final rule, we can begin to realize the true promise of parity.”

For more information on the Louisiana drug rehab programs and treatment options available for those with mental health and substance abuse disorders, visit the Townsend website at

About Townsend

Townsend’s Louisiana treatment centers treat addiction as a single disease. They help patients find ways of coping with their symptoms through active engagement in successful programming for lifetime recovery. In addition to their New Orleans location, they also have treatment centers in Houma, Baton Rouge, Covington, Lafayette, and Metairie.


Dan Forman


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