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Parity Bill passes Senate Committee

Parity Bill passes Senate Committee

Parity Bill passes Senate Committee 

On February 14, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee voted 18-3 in favor of S.558, the Mental Health Parity Act of 2007.  Senator Kennedy, who chairs the committee, indicated that he will push for full Senate action on the bill within the next few months.  Maryland’s Senator Mikulski voted in favor of the bill.  The bill does not mandate group health plans provide any mental health coverage.  However, if a plan does offer mental health coverage, the financial requirements applied to mental health benefits must be no more restrictive than the financial requirements applied to substantially all covered medical and surgical benefits.  Also, treatment limitations applied to mental health benefits must be no more restrictive than the treatment limitations applied to other benefits.  For more details on the bill, please visit http://help.senate.gov/Maj_press/2007_02_12_b.pdf  

 

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