The Bailout which included mental health parity passed on October 3, 2008 by a vote of 263-171. All seven of Georgia’s Republican congressmen voted against the bill again.
Per CNN, “Employers and insurers were concerned that legislation would have required plans to cover a “telephone book” of conditions, raising costs beyond what companies and their workers could afford and potentially negating companies’ ability to offer any health coverage at all.
The legislation does not mandate that group health plans cover mental health or addiction treatment, only that when plans do so, the coverage must be equitable to other medical coverage. The insurance industry is now a strong supporter of the parity legislation. Read the rest of this entry »