H.R.1424 - Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008

To amend section 712 of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, section 2705 of the Public Health Service Act, and section 9812 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require equity in the provision of mental health and substance-related disorder benefits under group health plans. view all titles (20)

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  • Short: Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act of 2007 as introduced.
  • Official: To amend section 712 of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, section 2705 of the Public Health Service Act, and section 9812 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require equity in the provision of mental health and substance-related disorder benefits under group health plans. as introduced.
  • Official: To amend section 712 of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, section 2705 of the Public Health Service Act, and section 9812 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require equity in the provision of mental health and substance-related disorder benefits under group health plans, to prohibit discrimination on the basis of genetic information with respect to health insurance and employment, and for other purposes. as amended by house.
  • Short: Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act of 2007 as reported to house.
  • Short: Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 as passed house.
  • Short: Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 as passed house.
  • Official: To amend section 712 of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, section 2705 of the Public Health Service Act, section 9812 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require equity in the provision of mental health and substance-related disorder benefits under group health plans, to prohibit discrimination on the basis of genetic information with respect to health insurance and employment, and for other purposes. as amended by house.
  • Short: Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 as passed senate.
  • Short: Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008 as passed senate.
  • Short: Heartland Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2008 as passed senate.
  • Short: Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 as passed senate.
  • Short: Tax Extenders and Alternative Minimum Tax Relief Act of 2008 as passed senate.
  • Official: A bill to provide authority for the Federal Government to purchase and insure certain types of troubled assets for the purposes of providing stability to and preventing disruption in the economy and financial system and protecting taxpayers, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide incentives for energy production and conservation, to extend certain expiring provisions, to provide individual income tax relief, and for other purposes. as amended by senate.
  • Short: A bill to provide authority for the Federal Government to purchase and insure certain types of troubled assets for the purposes of providing stability to and preventing disruption in the economy and financial system and protecting taxpayers, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide incentives for energy production and conservation, to extend certain expiring provisions, to provide individual income tax relief, and for other purposes. as passed senate.
  • Short: Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 as enacted.
  • Short: Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008 as enacted.
  • Short: Heartland Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2008 as enacted.
  • Short: Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 as enacted.
  • Short: Tax Extenders and Alternative Minimum Tax Relief Act of 2008 as enacted.
  • Popular: Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 as introduced.

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  • hbiola 01/15/2008 6:32pm
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    As a family doctor who sees plenty of rural people suffering from mental illness who REFUSE to “see a shrink” I end up doing a tremendous amount of care for these folks. We all know that mental illness is every bit as disabling as somatic illness— let’s pay doctors to treat these folks so they can get care!

  • Anonymous 02/06/2008 8:24am
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    Has there been any movement on this bill since October 2007. If not, why not. Who needs to be contacted?

  • Anonymous 03/04/2008 8:45am

    I have worked for a substance abuse facility in Stephenville Texas for the past 11 years as a benefits and claims specialist. I see hundreds of people seeking treatment for themselfes and loved ones only to turned away because of limitations or lack of substance abuse on there policies. If they do have coverage then the managed care companies deny numerous claim for simply because the patient has not tried a lower level of care and failed. This should not apply to every patient. Every patients needs are different. An adult that has drank for 40 years would not normally benefit from an outpatient program. We have to treat patients according to the managed care companies policies instead of according to the individuals medical necessity. This practice leaves many people with coverage that are seeking treatment and want to get better with no other options but to pay cash which most of the time is out of the question. What good is there coveage if they cant use it when needed. There has been an epidemic in our state for years and I as a mother and employee see the damage that this disease can do to families. There are fewer and fewer inpatient facilities for families to choose from due to such low managed care rates. It is time managed care was forced to take care of the people they cover and not try to get them a quick fix with detox and outpatient and a 30 day maximum or 3 series maximums per lifetime on policies. There goal is to use thes 3 series up in the shortest and least expensive manner possible. This is usually of no benefit to the patient. Thank you for your time.

  • Anonymous 03/05/2008 12:34pm

    The House Bill is superior to the Senate version. The Senate version would permit many mental illness conditions to not be covered in a parity fashion.
    Its important to REMEMBER over 8.5 million Federal employees have had mental health parity in their benefit plan since 2001 using the HOUSE version on what is mental illness.
    Let’s get a quality parity bill. A bill that honors Senator Wellstones memory. If the House passes the Wellstone version it is imperative that the joint conference with the House & Senate does not agree to an inferior definition of what is mental illness.
    If its good enough for our Federal employees, it should be good enough for we private sector turkeys.
    We deserve the SAME definitions the Federal employees have.

  • Anonymous 03/06/2008 6:50am

    As a constituent of Northern Michigan I wish to thank Representative Bart Stupak for his yes vote on the Parity bill that we have fought hard for years to have passed. This is an important milestone to help addicts and person’s with mental illness have the disorder paid at an equitable rate as other illnesses. I have always felt well represented by Representative Stupak and this passage further instills my confidence in his listening to the people that don’t always have the loudest voice in Washington.

  • Anonymous 03/06/2008 7:25am

    Thank goodness this has passed the House! It’s a shame that our country has not recognized at least one basic truth: Mental and physical health are NOT mutually exclusive! I am a psychologist who works with children with chronic medical conditions, and anyone in the behavioral medicine arena KNOWS that if mental illness is in the mix, medical health is compromised! I still think it’s absurd that they want to be able to cherry-pick what is a “severe” mental illness so insurance co’s can opt out of covering a broader range. If we give any optional loopholes for the insurance companies to wiggle out of coverage, they will do so. The argument that practitioners might seek payment for treatment of ALL DSM diagnoses is such a ridiculous argument… At least the first step has been made – let’s see if the Congress has the cuhones to push further…

  • Anonymous 03/06/2008 9:12am

    Dear Duncan,
    I am disappointed with your decision on HR-1424, however, look forward to your support in establishing a working format that will help our citizens in need and reduce our tax burden that supports the cronic emergency services they required here in California. I understand your need the follow our party’s line and to vote with the majority of our side of the aisle.

  • Anonymous 03/07/2008 3:58pm

    I refuse to get excited regarding the passing of these parity bills by the House & Senate. I will only be impressed when OUR representatives have the fortitude to work out a meaningful compromise.
    I would like to suggest that the FULL parity coverage our representatives already have in their Health insurance program be suspended until they pass this coverage for we private sector Americans.
    If its good enough for our “Leaders”, its good enough for All of us in group plans.
    It is overtime to rid our country of mental health insurance discrimination in groups of 50 or more.

  • Anonymous 03/08/2008 6:45pm

    The bill should include Social Security mental health benefits and reflect the average income of Americans.

  • Anonymous 03/09/2008 5:52am

    Just for the record these are the “Special Interests” who lobby against the Superior House legislation- HR 1424
    Aetna
    American Benefits Council
    Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association
    ERISA Industry Committee
    National Association of Health Underwriters
    National Association of Manufacturers
    National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors
    National Business Group on Health
    National Restaurant Association
    Retail Industry Leaders Association
    Society for Human Rescource Management
    The National Retail Federation
    U.S. Chamber of Commerce

    The US Chamber of Commerce called the House Version 1424
    “Mental Health Insanity”
    The Executive Office of the President issued a Statement of Administration Policy AGAINST HR 1424
    This refusal to “GRANT” the same broad parity 8.5 million + Federal employees HAVE should be considered when YOU vote for President in November 2008.
    Its imperative to get your “ASS” in motion & Vote !

  • ParityFanatic 03/10/2008 1:55pm

    I have followed the Mental Health insurance parity issue for over 25 years. A family member has dealt with a significant mental illness for over 20 years. I desire mental health insurance parity to help “OTHER AMERICANS” deal with their illness.
    This parity is more than “Another” insurance mandate, its what American citizens deserve when their family has to deal with a mental illness.
    A joint House & Senate conference SHOULD meet to workout an effective meaningful compromise.
    Its 2008…how many more years will pass before our “representatives” put their constituents FIRST?

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    ParityFanatic 03/12/2008 1:55pm

    Any one who needs to make SUCH a comment definitely needs FULL mental health insurance coverage.
    Unless you are a Federal employee… YOUR health insurance STINKS for mental illness !

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  • Anonymous 03/12/2008 12:04pm

    gota love freedom of speech and the press. at least we have some of our rights intact. and i can assure all who read this that mental illness is as debilitating as any physical ailment can be.

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