Reps. Tim Ryan, Ted Deutch Applaud Inclusion of Mental Health Parity Rules in President’s Gun Violence Reduction Plan

Jan 18, 2013 Issues: Health Care

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                            January 17, 2013

Pat Lowry

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Reps. Tim Ryan, Ted Deutch Applaud Inclusion of Mental Health Parity Rules in President’s Gun Violence Reduction Plan

Just weeks after writing the Obama Administration to request that final mental health parity regulations be included in any plan to reduce gun violence, today Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL) lauded the President’s announcement that he will pursue full implementation of the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA):

"By fully implementing rules requiring insurance companies to fully cover mental health and addiction treatments, President Obama is making clear that those who suffer from untreated mental illness will have the access to the treatment they deserve. The American people overwhelmingly believe that now is the time to make sure that those suffering from these diseases no longer fall through the cracks of society. We cannot overlook the fact that we need change the way we view and treat mental health illness in this country and we applaud President Obama for taking this step in the right direction," said Congressman Ryan.

"For every family that has struggled with the effects of untreated mental illness, President Obama’s decision to issue final rules for the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act is momentous news. The horrific shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary have turned many Americans’ attention to the longstanding inadequacies in our nation’s mental health care system and our need to improve how we identify mental illness and provide affordable access to treatment. If there is any possibility that expanding access to mental health care could help make our communities safer, we must move forward without delay,” said Congressman Deutch.