I realize many of you have probably already received a mass form letter from your congressman about the parity act, but I just wanted to share with you the letter I got from my congressman about the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, which was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bush in 2008. My recent post about this was Announcement: Sign on to Mental Health Parity Letter! – The Practical Psychosomaticist.
October 16, 2012
Dear Dr. Amos,
Thank you for contacting me about mental health coverage. I’m honored to represent you. Your opinion is very important to me and my priority is to provide Iowa’s Second District with the best representation possible.
As you may know, mental health is an issue of personal importance to me, as my mother struggled with mental health problems. I’ve experienced firsthand the necessity of timely and proper care for those struggling with mental health issues.
The Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act was passed by Congress with my support and signed into law by President Bush in 2008. This bill requires health insurance companies to cover both mental and physical health equally by prohibiting plans from limiting mental health benefits. As you may know, a final rule has not been issued on the implementation of this law.
You will be pleased to hear that because of my concern that patients seeking mental health treatment are continuing to face access problems due to the lack of a final rule, I partnered with a group of bipartisan Representatives to urge the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury to issue a final rule so the law may be fully implemented. Please rest assured I will keep your thoughts in mind as this process moves forward.
Thank you again for contacting me about this important issue. My office is here to assist you with any and all concerns you have, so please do not hesitate to contact me whenever you feel that I can be of assistance. I encourage you to visit my website at www.loebsack.house.gov and sign up for my e-newsletters to stay informed of the work I’m doing for you. I am proud to serve the Second District, and I am committed to working hard for Iowans.
Iowa’s Second District