Mental Health Parity!?!

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debaser
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   Posted 7/18/2007 11:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hate to put in a shameless plug for my blog, but I'm doing it anyway.

For those of you who won't visit, the long and short of it is that there's a bill making its way through the house that would force medical plans to treat mental health and addiction claims as they do physical illness. Think about it: no more limits on visits to your therapist, no more higher co-pays...this is a BIG reform and it's getting very little press.

If this interests you (and if you live in the US it should), then please write your Congressman and US Senators to let them know you don't want the bill watered down, and you want it passed quickly.
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stkitt
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   Posted 7/19/2007 8:48 AM (GMT -6)   

Hey D,

Thank you, I have read about the bill too. I agree with you, we need to advocate for us.  If we don't then we cannot complain........lol.

 


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   Posted 7/20/2007 6:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I totally agree
and D I will get back there much going on in my life
I do apologise

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debaser
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   Posted 7/20/2007 12:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm really frustrated. I have no idea why more people aren't interested in this issue. I made a post at DailyKos (the HUGE liberal blog) and they're far more interested in political sniping than anything else. Sad. I've tried to get other more popular blogs to run the story, too, but they will not.

Nobody even reads this post.

Certainly I don't have to explain why this is so important to all of us and millions of others? We're not getting universal coverage anytime soon. It's a few years away at best. In the meantime we need to speed THIS bill up because the President has said he'll sign in and it will help a lot of people who are lucky enough to be insured. True, it does nothing for those who don't. But if we can help some people then why don't they?

The reason I never tried therapy is because of the limit on my last insurance plan. I didn't feel like I'd have enough time to get anything done. Eight visits a year? Please. Why even bother? You really need to go at least every other week for it to do any good, right?
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jerseycherries
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   Posted 7/20/2007 1:26 PM (GMT -6)   
to get more information about this and be able to contact your representative easily go to 
and look for the Equity act. they have links to write your representative even if you dont know who it is. they'll find it. pretty easy to do. and you can learn a little more about it.


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Post Edited (jerseycherries) : 7/20/2007 2:22:58 PM (GMT-6)


debaser
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   Posted 7/20/2007 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for that, JC.
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Sunshine1108
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   Posted 7/20/2007 7:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I had no idea about this.
 
I went to the website that JC posted and read about it.
Found out who my representative is and sent an e-mail.
 
Thanks for posting this!
 
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nyliz
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   Posted 7/20/2007 8:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I was totally unaware of this as well... I have always been frustrated by the limitations health insurance places on mental health wellness programs. I will be e-mailing my congressman after I hit send on this post.

Debaser, trust me I will get the word out! I can already think of a dozen people who would be VERY interested in seeing this bill pass. Thanks for the info :)
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nyliz
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   Posted 7/20/2007 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   
k done :)
:) Liz
 
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