|For Immediate Release
14 May 99
NAMI recognizes and congratulates all members of NAMI Oklahoma, NAMI New Jersey and NAMI Indiana for the time and energy they have devoted to educating policy makers and for the thousands of letters and phone calls they have directed to State legislators. The commitment of NAMI members across the country continues to erase insurance practices that discriminate against people with biologically-based brain disorders.
"For several years now, NAMI grassroots leaders, like those in Oklahoma, New Jersey and Indiana, have worked tirelessly to end health care discrimination for those who struggle with major mental illness," said NAMI executive director Laurie Flynn. "NAMI’s members and friends across the country join in their victory."
While all NAMI members cheer these successes, there are many key states where parity laws are still pending including California, Hawaii, Illinois, Nebraska, New York, Ohio and West Virginia. Two states with existing state parity laws, Maine and Texas, are considering legislation that expands parity for children with serious brain disorders. For more information on existing state parity laws, go to the NAMI website at http://www.nami.org/pressroom/statelaws.html (This chart does not yet include the states that have enacted parity laws this year which are, Virginia, Montana, Indiana, Oklahoma, and New Jersey).
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