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Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act of 2007

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PAUL WELLSTONE MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION EQUITY ACT OF 2007 -- (House of Representatives - March 05, 2008)

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Mr. ALTMIRE. Mr. Speaker, last March Congressman Kennedy came to western Pennsylvania to hold a hearing with me and Congressman TIM MURPHY about the critical need for mental health parity legislation. Now, almost exactly 1 year later, I am proud to rise in support of the Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act. This much-needed legislation will eliminate the discrepancies between health insurance coverage for mental and physical illnesses by ensuring that patients seeking mental health services are no longer penalized with higher copayments and coverage restrictions.

Passage of this bill is a key step towards ending the stigma surrounding mental illness. Of the 44 million Americans living with mental illness, two-thirds did not receive the treatment they need. Treating mental illness is not only critical to mental health, but also prevents physical ailments that arise when mental health conditions go untreated.

So, Mr. Speaker, this bill will help improve the mental and physical well-being of millions of Americans, and I ask my colleagues to support this bill.

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