Office of Congresswoman Shea-Porter- Hails Passage of Mental Health Parity Act

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter today hailed House passage of critical mental health legislation. The Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act passed under suspension of the rules.

Mental illness and addiction tear families apart,” said Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter. “As an original cosponsor of the initial Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act, I am pleased that the House was able to pass this important legislation. I urge the Senate to act swiftly so that we can finally correct this injustice in our health care system.”

The Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act permanently reauthorizes and expands the Mental Health Parity Act of 1996. The bill provides equity in the coverage of mental health and substance use disorders by ensuring that group health care plans do not charge higher co-payments, coinsurance, deductibles, and impose maximum out-of-pocket limits and lower day and visit limits.