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Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act
Full Parity for Substance Abuse Treatment Services
Unsafe Children's Products
Reauthorization of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Older Americans Act Reauthorization
Support of Employment
of Adults with Disabilities

Support for Bipartisan Legislation to Provide Federal Graduate Medical Education Funding to Independent Children's Teaching
Hospitals, and Protecting Our Teaching Hospitals From Medicare Cuts

Helping Our Seniors
Meet The Rising Cost of Prescription Drugs

Enabling Children Adopted Through a State Protection Agency to Receive Financial Aid to Attend Higher Education, and Allowing Foster Children to
Be Declared as a Tax
Deduction

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HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

FULL PARITY FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT SERVICES

WHEREAS, any comprehensive and rational response to the substance abuse epidemic in our cities must both provide federal resources for public treatment, and also work in partnership with private health care providers to provide treatment to premium-paying consumers at reasonable cost; and

WHEREAS, a study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) concludes that on average, full parity for substance abuse services is estimated to increase health care premiums by a mere 3.6 percent, less than 1 percent for health maintenance organizations (HMOs) that tightly manage care; and

WHEREAS, the federal Medicaid program, the primary source of health care funding for low-income individuals without private health care insurance, places unnecessary restrictions on coverage for alcohol and drug treatment services, and further does not require that these services be covered; and

WHEREAS, researchers at the Rand Corporation have determined that it costs managed care plans just $5.11 per person each year to provide unlimited substance abuse benefits—only six cents more than a plan that limits each person’s annual costs to $10,000; and

WHEREAS, the National Association for Children of Alcoholics reports that substance abuse is one of the top two problems exhibited by families in 81 percent of reported cases to state protective services; and

WHEREAS, a University of Maryland Center for Substance Abuse Research study found that 55 percent of the costs of alcohol and other drug abuse are borne by governments, private insurance companies and victims; and

WHEREAS, parity provides the opportunity for the greatest number of consumers to access treatment on demand, and ultimately decreases costs to society,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors fully supports federal legislation providing full parity for substance abuse services, and pledges to work with Congress, the Administration, and other stakeholders to pass such legislation as soon as possible; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors urges the Administration and Congress to work together to make alcohol and drug treatment required services under Medicaid, and to remove any unnecessary statutory provisions which restrict access to substance abuse treatment services under the program.

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