Sending Office: Honorable Katie Porter
Sent By:
Jessica.Seigel@mail.house.gov

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

COSPONSOR H.R. 3165, the Mental Health Parity Compliance Act

Sponsors/Cosponsors: Porter, Bilirakis, Norcross, Mullin, Rouda, Hill (CA), Ryan, Kuster, Jayapal, Napolitano, Mucarsel-Powell, Golden, Wild, Lowenthal, McBath, Foster, Underwood, Fitzpatrick, Kapture, Roe, Hill (AR), Courtney, Raskin, Rutherford,
McMorris Rodgers, DeSaulnier, Moulton, Joyce, Soto, Blunt Rochester  

Groups Supporting: American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, Mental Health America, the American Occupational Therapy Association, and the Mental Health Liaison Group, which includes American Academy of Child
and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Art Therapy Association, American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work,
American Association of Practicing Psychiatrists, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, American Group Psychotherapy Association, American Hospital Association, American Nurse Association, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, School Social Work Association
of America, SMART Recovery,Tourette Association of America, Treatment Communities of America, The Trevor Project, Sandy Hook Promise, National Eating Disorders Association, National Council for Behavioral Health, National Association of School Psychologists,
National Association of Social Workers, National Association of State Alcohol & Drug Abuse Directors, National Association of State Directors of Special Education, National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, Michael J Fox Foundation for
Parkinson’s Research

Dear Colleague,

We invite you to cosponsor the bipartisan Mental Health Parity Compliance Act, which will help expand patient access to mental health services by improving health plan compliance with existing law.

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act was signed into law in 2008, but more than a decade later, health plans and insurers still violate the law with plans that do not provide equal coverage for mental and medical care. The Mental Health Parity
Compliance Act would improve compliance with existing law by using a best-practice approach that has been enacted in state legislatures in Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, New Jersey, Connecticut, Colorado, and Tennessee. It protects patients and
ensures that those required to provide health insurance are following a law intended to support access to critical mental health services

Specifically, the Mental Health Parity Compliance Act supports patient access to mental health services by:

  • Requiring that health plans and insurers perform analyses of how they design and apply their managed care practices to determine if their plans are parity-compliant;
  • Requiring the Secretaries of both the Department of Health and Human Services and Labor to request these analyses if there have been complaints against a particular health plan or insurer;
  • Requiring the Secretaries request these analyses at random from at least 50 health plans and insurers;
  • Requiring that the Secretaries specify to health plans and insurers what they must do to come into compliance if found to be out of compliance;
  • And requiring the Secretaries to report back to Congress what they found.

To cosponsor the Mental Health Parity Compliance Act, please reach out to Jessica.Seigel@mail.house.gov with Rep. Porter’s office or Shayne.Woods@mail.house.gov with
Rep. Bilirakis’s office.

Sincerely,

Rep. Katie Porter                                Rep. Gus Bilirakis

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: Family Issues, HealthCare, Labor

Related Bill Information

Bill Type: H.R.
Bill Type: 3165
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