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Share Your Experience Seeking Behavioral Health Services in Maryland

Beth Hess - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Earlier this year, state legislation was enacted to ensure Maryland residents are able to use their health insurance to access care—including behavioral health services. Public hearings are now being held to gather input from consumers and providers as to the standards that should be created to determine whether or not an insurance carrier has an adequate network of primary care and specialty care providers.

You are invited to testify at an upcoming hearing or to share your experience as part of input that will be provided to the Maryland Insurance Administration.

Parents, Caregivers and Young People:

Have you had trouble accessing substance use and mental health treatment providers with your commercial insurance carrier? Share your experience including:  
  • How far or long should a person have to travel for an appointment?
  • What is an appropriate wait time for an initial appointment and regular visits?  
  • How can you identify the types of providers you need in a carrier’s network?

Can you speak to some of the barriers to contracting or working with insurers? Submit written comments, testify at an upcoming hearing or share your experience to help inform the standards.

If you are willing to share information on these topics, contact Ellen Weber of the University of Maryland School Of Law at

See the schedule of upcoming hearings.

Learn more about this new legislation.


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