Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Don’t let mental health parity bill die

WRITE TO CONGRESS--------->>>>>

Remember the federal mental health parity law that’s set to pass Congress and be signed by the president? The House and Senate have STILL not reached agreement on how to get mental health parity/addiction equity legislation to the President’s desk. Time is running out. We can’t allow this legislation to die.

We are all aware of the economic crisis being decided upon by our representatives. But we should not allow them to just forget about the mental health parity bill.

Writes the New York Times:

The bill is endorsed by President Bush, business groups, insurance companies, the medical community and mental health advocates. Both the House, in a stand-alone bill, and the Senate, as part of a broader tax relief bill, have approved it by large margins. But it requires a final shove because the measure is snarled in a broader legislative struggle over how to pay for tax revenues that would be reduced by this measure and others. Is there a statesman who can push this worthy parity legislation through to final passage before adjournment?

While the economic crisis is a valid concern for the entire nation, but we have spent 10 years trying to get this bill passed.

Parity Faces Final Hurdle - Get It to the President's Desk!

You made a difference in winning overwhelming Senate and House passage of the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act on September 23rd! But it’s too early to celebrate! The Senate and House bills differ. The House bill addressed only parity; the Senate bill included parity in a large tax measure. We can’t simply sit back and assume the two bodies will reach agreement on a final version before adjournment.

It’s critical that Senate and House leaders work out how to get the Wellstone-Domenici legislation to the President’s desk. You can make a difference in helping keep up the pressure to make sure that happens. Please send an email urging your members to finish their work now on this critical health care legislation and send it to the President.

When using the WRITE TO CONGRESS link in the sidebar---you will automatically be redirected to NAMI. You will see all the action alerts from their site plus a list of all your representatives. Clicking on the Parity Action alert sends you to a form letter to send the emails. So take a few minutes of your time to keep this bill alive.