Despite a mental health parity law passed in 2008, one of the measure's key backers -- former Congressman Patrick Kennedy -- continues the fight for equal coverage of mental illness and is meeting mixed success.
WBUR: CommonHealth: Kennedy Calling For Equal Coverage Of Mental Health -- Yes, Still
Mental health "parity" is officially a done deal. Congress passed a law back in 2008 requiring health insurers to treat mental health on a par with physical health, covering care for mental illness and addiction no less than they cover physical care. Many states have also passed their own mental health parity laws. So why has former Congressman Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island -- lead sponsor of the 2008 bill together with his late father, Sen. Ted Kennedy -- spent much of the last couple of years criss-crossing the country to advocate for mental health parity? (3/29).
In Texas, mental health funding faces a tough road ahead after budget gaps appear --