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LEGISLATIVE ALERT

12/6/2007

National Parity Call-in Day!

Congress is running out of time to act on crucial mental health parity and addiction legislation. If passed, this legislation will help millions of Americans gain access to necessary care.

Congress is leaving soon for the holidays and they need to hear from you. Join in the National Call-in Day to tell your Representative and Senators to pass parity before they leave!










ACTION REQUIRED

CALL
Join the National Call-in Day on Friday, Dec. 7th
Call toll-free to be connected to the U.S. Capitol Switchboard:
1-866-727-4894

MESSAGE

Tell your Members of Congress to pass mental health and addiction parity legislation now, and to not make Americans wait another year! Senate bill S. 558 has already passed the Senate, and H.R. 1424 has been approved by three House committees.

BACKGROUND

Longstanding, inequitable financial requirements and treatment limitations in private plans have caused millions of Americans to go without necessary mental health care and substance-related treatment. Lack of access to such treatment has particularly tragic implications for vulnerable, low-income families involved with the child welfare system, as both mental health issues and substance abuse are rampant. The bills before Congress would erase longstanding discriminatory limitations by requiring group health plans with 50 or more enrollees who choose to offer mental health benefits to provide them on the same terms as other medical conditions.

Mental health and addiction parity legislation has already passed the Senate (S. 558). The House bill (H.R. 1424), having passed the three committees that share jurisdiction (Education and Labor, Ways and Means, and Energy and Commerce), awaits debate and a vote on the House floor.


You've done great work to get parity this far. Please tell Congress to finish the job this year!
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