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January 23, 2020

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Mental Health Parity
Last Featured: 9/20/2004

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Millions of Americans suffer from mental health disorders. When diagnosed, these people are often hit with two pieces of bad news – the illness itself and that their insurance provides little or no coverage for treatment. Insurers and employers argue that mental health coverage would lead to significant cost increases while providing ongoing treatments with widely varying and uncertain outcomes. The science they say is simply not as advanced as that for other health care. But advocates for mental health parity challenge both the math and the priorities. If we can pay for cancer and diabetes treatments, why not depression, anxiety and bi-polar disorder?

Kate Sullivan is the director of Health Care Policy for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In her position, she determines the Chamber's policy positions on health care issues and works with members of Congress in formulating health care policy. Before joining the Chamber, Sullivan was director of government programs for a multi-provider health system based in Chicago and handled health care issues for U.S. Representatives Nancy Johnson of Connecticut and Harris Fawell of Illinios as well as former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar.

Joseph Rogers is the President and CEO of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Since joining the MHASP in 1984, Rogers has set up more than two dozen consumer-run programs, including the first national consumer conference. Rogers has testified before Congress on patients’ rights and served on a Congressional task force and Presidents’ committee looking at the rights of people with disabilities. He is a former president of the board of directors and chairman of the advisory board of Pennsylvania Protection & Advocacy, Inc. Rogers has consulted on mental health issues here and abroad, and has appeared numerous times on television and radio.

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"The only normal people are the ones you don’t know very well."

— Psychiatrist Alfred Adler

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Domenici-Wellstone Amendment on Parity for Mental Illness
The Mental Health Parity Act
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National Mental Health Association
National Center for Policy Analysis
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
President Bush’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health
American Psychological Association
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
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Achieving Parity for Mental Health Treatment: Hearing of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, U.S. Senate
by Edward M. Kennedy
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by Merrile Sing
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