Monday, October 20, 2008

found in my email box:

October 6, 2008 – By a vote of 263 to 171, the U.S. House of Representatives, on October 3, 2008, gave final approval to the Paul Wellstone-Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, as part of the Emergency Stabilization Act (H.R. 1424). President Bush has signed the legislation into law.

Enactment of the bill ends nearly a decade long effort to require group health plans to cover treatment for mental illness on the same terms and conditions as for all other illnesses.

Sponsors of the parity legislation included Sens. Pete Domenici (R-NM) and Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Reps. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) and Jim Ramstad (R-MN).

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