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    New Medicare Law Removes Barriers to Mental Health Treatment

    WASHINGTON,July 10, 2008 The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare applauds Congress for passing legislation to improve Medicare benefits for persons with mental illness. The Senate approved, with overwhelming bipartisan support, a bill that will phase out Medicare’s higher copays for mental health services, bringing them in line with copays for physical healthcare services. Since its inception in 1965, Medicare has required 50 percent copay for mental health services, compared to 20 percent for other healthcare services.

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    Senate and House Achieve Historic Agreement on Parity

    Senate and House Achieve Historic Agreement on Parity by Government Relations Staff   The Senate and House have reached an historic agreement on the terms for a final full mental health parity bill. The compromise is expected to move quickly through both chambers. From the time that the House passed its version of the parity bill, H.R. 1424, in early March (the Senate passed its version, S. 558, last September), the two chambers have been engaged in intense negotiations to reconcile differences between the two bills.