ASAM Examines Addiction Treatment Insurance Reform: Will 'Parity' End Discrimination?

The American Society of Addiction Medicine Discusses Insurance Parity at

Its Annual Medical-Scientific Conference in Miami

Apr 28, 2007, 01:00 ET from American Society of Addiction Medicine

    MIAMI, April 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Society of
 Addiction Medicine (ASAM) hosts two events at its annual Medical-Scientific
 conference today that explore the history, data, and the politics behind
 the long struggle for parity in healthcare coverage for addiction
 treatment. The first event, a morning policy plenary, investigates the
 approaches and experiences that have been successful in achieving parity at
 the state level and aims to translate those into suggestions for action at
 the national level. The second event is an afternoon symposium that
 examines the various data that support (and sometimes undercut) the parity
     The ASAM is Committed to Improving the Treatment of People Suffering
 with Addictions
     The American Society of Addiction Medicine is an association of
 physicians dedicated to improving the treatment of alcoholism and other
 addictions, educating physicians and medical students, promoting research
 and prevention, and enlightening and informing the medical community and
 the public about these issues. ASAM physicians are multidisciplinary and
 can be found working in any number of primary care settings from hospitals
 to private practices to public health clinics. Given the breadth of ASAM
 members' backgrounds and, subsequently, their experiences with the
 treatment of addictive disorders, ASAM is in a unique position to comment
 on the consequences of discriminatory insurance laws on both the public and
 private sectors.
     The Public Needs to Know
     Addiction is a chronic disease and it is treatable like so many other
 chronic illnesses. Unfortunately, the true nature of addiction is still
 largely misunderstood by the public. Consequently, most are also
 ill-informed about the availability of effective treatments and the
 positive societal externalities associated with them.
     ASAM is eager to educate the public and its lawmakers about addiction,
 the efficacy of available treatments, and the wisdom in parity in
 healthcare coverage. ASAM and its membership is actively advocating for
 state and federal legislation that breaches this gap in insurance coverage
 for people suffering with addictions. Its leadership and members alike
 welcome requests for all manner of support related to achieving parity.
     For information regarding 2007 Federal parity legislation:
     For more information on the American Society of Addiction Medicine:
     For specific inquiries:

SOURCE American Society of Addiction Medicine