Pritzker Administration Announces a $500,000 fine for Quartz Health Insurance Corporation for Violation of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act

January 11, 2023 — The Illinois Department of Insurance (IDOI) announced today a $500,000 fine for Quartz Health Insurance Corporation for violating the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) as revealed in the Department's comprehensive market conduct examination of the company.

MHPAEA is the federal law requiring health insurance plans to have equivalent levels of coverage for mental health and substance use disorder care as for medical or surgical care, and Illinois law further expands upon those requirements.

"With so many of us focused on health and wellness at the beginning of the new year, this is an ideal time to remind health insurance companies about the importance of access to care, particularly for people struggling and seeking treatment for mental health and substance use disorder," said Governor JB Pritzker. "The $500,000 fine signifies our ongoing commitment to protect Illinoisans' rights to equitable healthcare coverage and our intent to hold companies accountable when they violate state and federal laws protecting those rights."

"Creating barriers to mental health and substance use disorder treatment places an additional burden on our fellow Illinoisans who are already struggling," said IDOI Director Dana Popish Severinghaus. "The Department regularly examines the practices of health insurance companies, including adherence to parity laws, and we take seriously any violations. We will not allow companies to jeopardize access to treatment for those in need."


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