Franklin James Cook

PASS IT ON — Summary of Mental Health Parity Act

In Policy on November 9, 2008 at 4:24 pm

Brian Altman of the Suicide Prevention Action Network recently shared with SPAN USA’s Field Liaisons the following:

Thanks to our good friends at the American Psychological Association [there is] a two-page summary of the recently enacted Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008.

Altman, SPAN USA’s Public Policy Director and Acting Chief Operating Officer, was a leader in the suicide prevention community’s support of the legislation, enacted into law on October 3, 2008, which, the APA’s summary says, “will end health insurance benefits inequity between mental health/substance use disorders and medical/surgical benefits for group health plans with more than 50 employees.”

The law becomes effective on January 1st, 2010. Under this new law, 113 million people across the country will have the right to non-discriminatory mental health coverage, including 82 million individuals enrolled in self-funded plans (regulated under ERISA), who cannot be assisted by State parity laws.

[The abridged URL for this]

  1. […] the need to build political will for the next phase of mental-health-care reform now that mental health parity legislation has passed Congress. The importance of building political was clearly articulated when the national […]

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