You helped make history!! Your support for mental health parity helped propel the Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act, H.R. 1424, to a historic vote in the House of Representatives where it passed 268-148 on March 5. This first-ever House vote on a comprehensive mental health/addiction parity bill gives our cause new momentum.
Work yet to be done.
But even with this victory, there is still more work to do. The House-passed measure must now be reconciled with a parity bill already passed by the Senate, S. 558. A final version will have to be approved by both chambers and signed by the President before people living with mental illnesses will finally have the same rights under their insurance plans as individuals with other health conditions.
Write your Senators and Congressmen and urge them to push for enactment of a strong parity bill this year. You can make the difference in delivering that message to your elected officials! Be on the lookout for further updates and opportunities to help us win this long fight.