Rep. Kennedy Prepares to Reintroduce the Wellstone Mental Health Parity Bill

Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D R.I.) and Rep. Jim Ramstad (R. Minn.) announced plans yesterday to reintroduce the Sen. Paul Wellstone Mental Health Equitable Treatment bill in the new 110th Congress. Since 2001, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management has required broader mental health parity for FEHB plan coverage provided that the member uses network doctors and facilities and cooperates with the plan’s medical management requirements. According to the Providence Journal story, the legislation is modeled on the FEHB Program’s mental health parity initiative. The devil will be in the details.