October 6, 2008
AMHCA Applauds Enactment of Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act
Alexandria, Va., October 6, 2008 – By a vote of 263 to 171, the U.S. House of Representatives, on October 3, 2008, gave final approval to the Paul Wellstone-Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, as part of the Emergency Stabilization Act (H.R. 1424). President George W. Bush signed the legislation into law several hours later.
The American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) applauds the 110th Congress for including the mental health and substance abuse parity language in the economic rescue legislation, and the President for signing this legislation into law. Enactment of the bill ends nearly a decade long effort to require group health plans to cover treatment for mental illness on the same terms and conditions as for all other illnesses. Continue reading