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Senate Passes Financial Market Rescue Bill With Mental Illness Parity Included - House Vote Expected Today
October 2, 2008
As widely reported in the press last night, the Senate, by a vote of 74-25, approved a revised version of the financial market rescue package that the House narrowly rejected on Monday. The version of the legislation that the Senate passed last night included an extension of expiring tax breaks that the Senate passed on September 22 by a vote of 93-2. It is this "tax extenders" package (HR 6049) that includes the mental illness insurance parity bill.
The House is expected to vote as early as tomorrow morning. Advocates are strongly encouraged to contact their House member and urge support for the combined financial market rescue-tax extender/mental illness parity bill - known as the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (HR 1424). This is the last best chance to ensure passage of mental illness insurance parity before final congressional adjournment.
Remind your House member that:
All House offices can be reached toll-free through the parity hotline at 1-866-parity4 (1-866-727-4894).
View additional background information on the mental illness insurance parity bill.