Mental Health Parity Update

The Providence Journal reports that the U.S. House of Representatives will debate and vote on its mental health parity bill (H.R. 1424) on Wednesday of this week. The Senate passed its version of this legislation (S. 558) last year, and since then informal efforts have been underway to reconcile the two versions. (The House version is more expansive of the two; both are more expansive than the FEHB Program’s successful mental health parity initiative.) Formal reconciliation efforts will ensue once House passage occurs as is likely.