September 15, 2009
After years of hard work by addiction and mental health treatment advocates, consumers, and providers, Congress passed the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 on October 3, 2008. The bill requires the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS) and Treasury to issue regulations before the effective date for the Act which is January 1, 2010. It is essential the regulations are issued to avoid misinterpretation of the law and to ensure access to critical mental health and addiction services.
Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) is circulating a sign-on letter in the House which will be sent to the Secretaries of the three departments responsible for issuing the regulations insisting they act quickly and consider the comments that were filed in response to the request for information (RFI). Ask your Member of Congress to sign on to Rep. Kennedy’s letter by 5:00 pm on September 21st. Click here to read a copy of Rep. Kennedy’s letter.
Call 202-224-3121 to be connected with your Member of Congress’ office.
It is particularly important that we target members of the House Education and Labor Committee, Energy and Commerce Committee, and Ways and Means Committee. Click here to see whether your member of Congress is on one of these committees.
Don't let years of hard work and advocacy go to waste! Make sure regulations addressing the concerns of the mental health and addiction field are issued by January 1, 2010. Call 202-224-3121 to be connected with your Member of Congress’ office today.