With Congress back in session this week and only a short time left, it must pass mental health parity legislation. This is the moment to remind lawmakers that parity legislation is critical, unfinished business.
Never in the almost two-decade fight for parity have we been closer to victory. If Congress fails to bring parity to a vote before adjourning later this month, we must restart the push for parity in 2009. Help us win its passage by joining in the National Call-in for Parity tomorrow, September 10.
National Call-in for Parity
Please call each of your U.S. Senators and your U.S. Representative using the toll-free Parity Hotline: 1-866-parity4 (1-866-727-4894). The Parity Hotline reaches the U.S. Capitol switchboard, which can connect callers to the offices of their members. You can also call the Capitol switchboard directly: 202-224-3121.
Remind all members of Congress that:
- Mental illnesses are real,
- Treatment works – if you can get it,
- There is no justification for a health plan to impose limitations or conditions on mental illness treatment that do not apply to all other medical conditions, and
- There is broad agreement on a compromise version of the mental illness insurance parity bill (S 558-HR 1424), now Congress just needs to finish the job and pass the bill so it can be signed in to law this year.
Click here to find the names of your senators and representative.
The Message: “I’m calling to ask the Senator/Representative to press congressional leaders to bring mental health parity legislation to a vote. It’s critical that Congress pass parity legislation this year.”
Take Further Action
Follow up that call by sending a “Parity-Now!” email to your members of Congress. Take Action!