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Mental Health America Hails Enactment of Historic Health Care Reform Bill
Date:3/23/2010

ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mental Health America today hailed the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" signed by the President today. The legislation will greatly expand access to mental health care and addiction treatment—particularly for the 32 million previously uninsured Americans who will gain access as a result.  

Treatment for these conditions is recognized as critical to overall health by being included on the list of essential benefits that must be covered in new plans offered to the uninsured.  

"This health care reform legislation marks a tremendous step forward in our efforts to improve access to care for individuals with mental health or substance use conditions and in our advocacy for prevention of these conditions," said David Shern, Ph.D., president and CEO of Mental Health America.

The groundbreaking achievement last year with the enactment of the "Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act" (MHPAEA) firmly established that discriminatory limits on these conditions will no longer be permitted.  Mental Health America is pleased to see the health care reform legislation carries this principle forward and extends the MHPAEA requirements beyond current law to heal
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