Mental health parity bill passes in the House

The House of Representatives has followed the Senate in passing long-awaited mental health parity legislation.

The House of Representatives passed a version of the bill passed unanimously in September, and members of Congress will have to meet to reconcile the differences between the two bills. Both bills prohibit insurance companies from restricting the number of visits, requiring higher co-pays, or otherwise differentiating between medical and mental health care. America's Health Insurance Plans both issued statements critical of the House version of the bill. President Bush has indicated that he supports the concept of mental health parity, but has also criticized the House bill.

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