Sen. Edward Kennedy and other key lawmakers who
championed mental health parity legislation met Thursday with President
Bush at the White House for a ceremonial signing.
D-Mass., and his son, Rep. Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island, were part
of the private Oval Office event. GOP Sen. Pete Domenici of New Mexico
and Rep. Jim Ramstad of Minnesota were also on hand.
Oval Office event was a ceremonial signing of the Paul Wellstone and
Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008
that prohibits discriminatory restrictions on mental health and
addiction treatments. Wellstone is the former Minnesota senator who
championed the bill for many years before his death in a 2002 plane