September 20, 2007

US Senate Passes Mental Health Parity Bill

As we've covered in the past - mental health insurance coverage is extremely poor in the US; with many people left uncovered at all or very low maximums (in terms of dollar amounts spent on mental health) that results in family bankruptcies and great financial insecurity.

With this in mind, the news that the US Senate has passed a new bill mandating mental health parity provides some hope that things will get better for the mentally ill, and the families of the mentally ill in the future.

The Washington Post notes: The bill, which passed by unanimous consent, moves advocates one step closer in their years-long quest for a concept known as mental health parity.

"The passage tonight of the Mental Health Parity bill underscores our commitment to treat all patients facing all diseases with the dignity and respect they deserve," said Sen. Edward Kennedy, Democrat-Massachusetts. "This new legislation will bring dramatic new help to millions of Americans who today are denied needed mental health care and treatment."

...Passage came on the same day that supporters inundated House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office, urging a vote on mental health parity legislation in the House.

The call-in was organized by Wellstone Action, a group founded to carry out the work of the late Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn., who had championed the legislation for years. The House version is called the "Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act."

Read the full story: Senate Passes Mental Health Parity Bill (Washington Post)

Special Thanks to Cannonier for identifying this article.


I am the parent of a 39 year old female schizophrenic and I could tell hair-raising horror stories about fighting for her care since she was 17 years old. We FINALLY found a psychiatrist who cares about patients more than money and she is better than she has been in many years. Its about time someone noticed that these are people that need help, not criticism.

Posted by: Sharon G at September 20, 2007 10:15 PM

i need to find help for my nephew. he has been in and out of hospitals. we live in the d.c. area. no treatment has been working. where do i start?
thank you,
anne menard

Posted by: anne kateri menard at October 3, 2007 07:30 AM

You can contact NAMI in your area for info on finding help. Go to

Posted by: Laura B at October 6, 2007 02:08 PM

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