U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander cosponsored and voted for a bill to provide insurance coverage parity to the mentally ill. The Mental Health Parity Act passed the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee today by a vote of 18 to 3, with a majority of Senators from both political parties in support.
"This bill represents a breakthrough after years of negotiations," said Alexander. "It strikes the right balance by helping those who need mental health coverage to get it at a reasonable price without placing an undue burden on small businesses and private insurers. I’m proud to support this mental health parity legislation that will help the 300,000 Tennesseans living with mental illness."
The legislation would:
* Provide that insurance plans that choose to provide mental health coverage do so at a cost and with limitations comparable to that of other medical and surgical coverage.
* Exempt small business plans for companies with fewer than 50 employees.