Earlier this month the MPS, along with several other Maryland mental health organizations, signed onto a letter to the Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA) on reporting reimbursement rate setting practices for purposes of Parity Compliance reporting. These comments were submitted May 14th in advance of their upcoming hearing. A significant portion of MH and SUD providers in Maryland are community-based facilities, which are not covered under Medicare. Many do not join private carrier networks because of low reimbursement rates. To fully assess issuer reimbursement practices for this large provider pool, the letter urged the MIA to identify an appropriate benchmark for an outcome analysis for the full range of SUD and MH practitioners, including licensed professional counselors, certified alcohol and drug counselors, and the full range of community-based programs.