Washington, D.C., October 3, 2008
– “The American Public Health Association (APHA) praises Congress for passing historic legislation that will require health insurers to provide the same level of coverage for mental illness and substance abuse as they do for physical illness.
Today our nation took a step toward eliminating disparity and moved closer to equality in care.
“This critical legislation is years in the making and will benefit the millions suffering from mental illness and addiction by removing the obstacles to accessing care that have been put in place by most insurers. It will also go a long way in reducing the stigma and discrimination these individuals experience.
“With one in four adults in the United States suffering from a mental health disorder in a given year, we applaud Congress for recognizing the vital importance of this legislation and ensuring its passage before adjourning for the year.”