Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Action Alert: Parity Sign On Letter

Dear EDC Advocate:

As we approach the fourth anniversary of the enactment of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) on October 3, 2008, we are asking for your help to make the purpose of the federal parity law a reality.

Although MHPAEA was enacted nearly four years ago, a final rule implementing the law has not yet been issued. Without a final rule from the Administration, many individuals seeking care for eating disorders, mental health and addictive disorders have been unable to access the health care services they need.

Please ask your Member of Congress to sign the letter to the Administration asking them to issue a final parity rule and provide an update on progress made thus far in implementing the law. The EDC is working in collaboration with the mental health community on this effort. Go to the following link offered by one of our collaborators Faces and Voices of Recovery to act now!


Members of Congress should contact Melissa Gierach with Rep. Sullivan (R-OK) or Anne Sokolov with Rep. Ryan (D-OH) to sign on to the letter.

The deadline for Members of Congress to sign on is October 5.

Members of Congress who have signed on thus far include:
• Tonko (D-NY)
• Kaptur (D-OH)
• Bono Mack (R-CA)
• Moran (D-VA)
• Brown (D-FL)
• Quigley (D-IL)
• Lewis (D-GA)
• Holden (D-PA)
• McGovern (D-MA)

Thank you for adding your voice to this effort of making parity a reality!