Mental Health Parity Hidden in Bailout

The week of October 5-11, 2008 is Mental Illness Awareness Week, and Congress just passed the mental health parity bill that has been languishing there since Norm Coleman replaced Paul Wellstone as the Senator from Minnesota.

What this provision will mean (but of course devil is in the details) is that insurers will now have to treat mental illnesses on a par with other medical problems and can no longer deny coverage just because they dont want to spend the money. I am glad that at least one good thing came out of the bailout. Maybe they were worried about all the fatcats jumping from several stories up.

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  1. It was my understanding that the new mental health law ensures parity, but on the other hand does not require mental health services to be covered. If I’m wrong, do you have a link I could refer to in order to understand things better?

  2. Wellstone’s landmark mental-health parity: What’s ahead for the law

    But for the true believers who stayed with the Wellstone bill to see it become law, the journey isn’t over yet. The next step is mandating coverage for mental illness by all health insurance companies.


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