Time for mental health parity


It took about a dozen years for the late Sen. Paul Wellstone’s Mental Health Parity and Addiction Act to be passed by Congress and signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2008.

Four years later, mental health proponents, who rejoiced at the law that required insurance providers to treat mental health on an equal basis with physical illnesses, are still waiting for the law to take full effect.

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Mike O'Rourke
Mike O'Rourke began his career at the Brainerd Dispatch in 1978 as a general assignment reporter. He was named city editor in 1981 and associate editor in 1999. He covers politics and writes features and editorials.
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