Health Reform and Mental Health Parity

No matter the form, discrimination is wrong. Yet, people with mental health are discriminated against when they are required to pay higher copayments, allowed fewer doctor visits or days in the hospital, or made to pay higher deductibles than those that apply to other medical illnesses. The financial and human cost of untreated mental health is great, while data clearly show that the cost of instituting equal coverage for treatment of mental health is low.

APA salutes the passage and signing of the 2008 Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity Act. For more information on this breakthrough legislation, please see the resources below.

For more information on Health Reform and Mental Health Parity, please contact the Department of Government Relations at (703) 907-7800 or at

APA Work Groups on Health Care Reform

APA is actively engaged in multiple healthcare reform initiatives. This work group was appointed to review APA activities and to make recommendations for the ongoing prioritization and direction to ensure APA and American psychiatry are well positioned to strategically promote and influence US healthcare reform efforts.

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