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Riggs Trustee and Founder of Psych-Appeal, Meiram Bendat, JD, PhD, Testifies Before Congress

April 17, 2021
Founder of Psych-Appeal and Austen Riggs Center Trustee Meiram Bendat, JD, PhD, testified before Congress during the Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee–Meeting the Moment: Improving Access to Behavioral and Mental Health Care–on Thursday, April 15, 2021.
During his testimony he addresses three critical issues related to gaps in many ERISA employer-sponsored health plans (covering approximately 136 million people):
  1. Requiring medical necessity to link to generally accepted standards of care
  2. Insurance company provider network adequacy
  3. Enforcement of ERISA and the parity law
(Bendat’s opening remarks and answers to questions can be found at these time stamps: opening remarks at 24:10; answers to questions from subcommittee members at 30:50, 33:35, 44:21, 45:43, 1:03:18, 1:04:54, 1:21:02, 1:23:34, 1:42:20)