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MENTAL HEALTH DBSA and Depression Forums Needs your Help! PARITY FINALLY UP FOR CONSIDERATION.

MENTAL HEALTH DBSA and Depression Forums Needs your Help! PARITY FINALLY UP FOR CONSIDERATION.

This Announcement is from the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance support Group website.

MENTAL HEALTH DBSA and Depression Forums Needs your Help! PARITY FINALLY UP FOR CONSIDERATION.
As you know, the mental health community has worked diligently for the past few years to pass Mental Health Parity (the Paul Wellstone Mental Health Equitable Treatment Act, H.R. 1402). For the past six years, we’ve faced disappointment.

This legislation would help to ensure that health insurance companies provide the same amount of coverage for mental illness that is provided for physical illnesses.

Currently the bill has 230 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives. However, the House leadership refuses to give it a fair up-or-down vote.
Now the two sponsors, Congressman Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) and
James Ramstad (R-MN ), have launched an effort to force a vote and could use your help!

Under the rules of the House of Representatives – if 218 Representatives sign a “discharge petition,” the bill is automatically brought to the Floor for a vote – over the leadership’s opposition.

To get the remaining 53 signatures – they need your help. And we need to move swiftly.

Members of Congress are campaigning this month in anticipation of the upcoming elections in November – and they’ll be making many public appearances. These are perfect opportunities to ask them to commit to signing the discharge petition – or for also asking new candidates to pledge their support for the bill during the next session of Congress.

Emails from voters like you – also help. Please send a letter and ask others to do the same.
IT’S TIME TO PASS PARITY NOW! Click on the Action Alert Box below to send a letter to your representatives now.
Alert!
Mental Health Parity Is Finally Up for Consideration.

We Need Your Help Now! Click Here

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