Thursday, September 25, 2008
Important Mental Health Insurance Parity Bill Passed!
A landmark bill was approved by Congress yesterday requiring private insurers to cover mental illnesses equally with those that are deemed physical. Even without debating the necessity of health care coverage from the standpoint of basic human rights, recent research has pointed increasingly to *physical* causes for many mental illnesses, and, therefore, it is only logical that they be covered the same as other diseases.
Mental health insurance parity would greatly improve the lives of many, many people who struggle daily with mental illness as well as their families.
The bill was sponsored by Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy (D-R.I.), and Rep. Jim Ramstad (R-Minn.), both of whom have struggled with addictions.
Please urge the president to sign this bill into law.
Hat tip to our roving reporter, MK.