Thursday, March 6, 2008

Mental Health Parity Update: House Passes Paul Wellstone Mental Health And Addiction Equality Act

It’s a happy day night morning (oh, man, I really need to work on a getting a regular sleep schedule going on) time for mental health patients, advocates, and family members and friends! Oh, who am I kidding - it’s a happy time for all Americans!

The House just passed the Paul Wellstone Mental Health And Addiction Equality Act (H.R. 1424)! (That link will take you to an explanation of H.R. 1424.)

You can view the official Yeas and Nays online. (Why does it seem like Republicans aren’t so keen on having mental health and substance abuse parity?)

To my understanding, now that both the Senate and the House have passed their respective versions of the bill, it’s now time to work out some differences and come up with a version they can pass on to the President.

So, we’re not quite there yet, but we’re definitely getting closer! Count on me and Mental Health Notes to keep you posted as updates are made available.

No comments: