The long campaign to pass parity legislation is over, with a stunning win in Congress.
The U.S. House of Representatives has just voted to pass the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 that includes the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. The vote total on H.R. 1424 was 263-171. The roll call will be posted at http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2008/roll681.xml
This action clears the legislation for presentation to the President, who will sign it very quickly.
Thank you to all organizations that have worked with us since 2001! Thank you to the sponsors of the legislation: Senators Domenici, Kennedy and Enzi, and Representatives Kennedy and Ramstad. Their leadership on this vital issue has been stellar. We could not have had more energetic champions for our cause.
Washington representatives of supporter organizations should join us for a spontaneous victory celebration – right now – at Tortilla Coast, on the corner of First and C Streets, SE (by Capitol South Metro). (Cash bar).
We will be back in touch about a more formal celebration to be held sometime in November.
Text of the Legislation: Parity is on pages 310 to 344. H.R. 1424 Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008
Section-by-Section of Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008
Resources: Fact sheets, analyses of the parity legislation and past letters to Congress are posted at http://www.mhlg.org/page18.html