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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Thank you, Patrick Kennedy

From Patrick Kennedy's official House website:

A profound obstacle to public understanding of mental health stems from the artificial, centuries-old principle of separation of mind and body. Yet, breakthrough discoveries in brain science show that this antiquated split between mind and body is simply inaccurate. As emerging technologies make it increasingly possible for researchers to demonstrate the extent to which mental disorders and their treatment are connected to physical changes in the brain, public policy must follow suit by eliminating the historical discrimination in insurance coverage for mental health compared to physical health care.

That is why Congressman Kennedy was proud to introduce The Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act. This landmark legislation became law in 2008. On that day, a monumental victory was achieved for the over 25% of Americans who no longer have to face discrimination from their insurers when it comes to their mental health care. That day was a victory for Americans everywhere, as a civil rights gap was closed in this country, and a long standing form of discrimination was ended. The Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act ensures that mental health benefits are offered at parity with medical benefits, providing access to mental health services for approximately 113 million Americans.

Patrick Kennedy did important work, on many issues, during the 16 years he served my Rhode Island district in Congress. Of all his accomplishments, the one that may have the greatest impact is his successful advocacy for mental health parity. We are lucky here in the 1st district to have a true public servant, honest and courageous, to represent our interests. I'm thankful that we were just able to elect David Cicilline, who can continue this good work and bring new interests and abilities to the job.

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