Former Senators Say Administration Should Issue Regulations On Mental Health Parity

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 In an op-ed for the Washington Post (4/13, 553K), former Sen. Pete Domenici, a senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, and former Sen. Gordon Smith, president and chief executive of the National Association of Broadcasters, call on the Obama Administration to “issue its final regulations to implement the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act for mental health parity in health insurance.” They note that when Congress passed the Act in 2008, then-Sen. Obama voted for it, and “all indications are that he remains supportive” as president. However, “regulatory action has stalled since 2010. The final rule that would provide clarity to the millions who have a mental illness or substance-use disorder, and to their employers, has not been issued.”

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