Friday, February 16, 2007
A bipartisan group of senators on Monday announced that the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Wednesday will mark up a draft bill on mental health parity, CQ HealthBeat reports. Sens. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), Michael Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) introduced the bill, which would require insurance companies to cover mental illnesses at the same level as they do physical illnesses. Unlike previous mental health parity legislation, the bill also would include substance abuse as a mental health condition eligible for coverage.