KENNEDY INTROS BILL TO GUARANTEE MENTAL HEALTH CARE FOR KIDS
Washington, D.C. – With an estimated nearly half a million children and pregnant women currently lacking guaranteed mental health coverage under CHIP, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today introduced legislation that would extend mental health parity protections to all beneficiaries of the program. As Congress considers the reauthorization of CHIP funding this year, Kennedy’s CHIP Mental Health Parity Act would ensure all beneficiaries have guaranteed coverage for mental illness and substance use disorders.
“For generations, our nation’s failure to guarantee and enforce mental health parity has left families helpless as their loved ones suffer in silence. Even in the midst of a deeply contentious health care debate, support for children and pregnant women experiencing mental illness should unite my colleagues on both sides of the aisle. As Congress considers the reauthorization of CHIP, extending the simple promise of parity to these beneficiaries must be a priority.”
About the Children’s Health Insurance Program:
The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides health coverage to eligible children, through both Medicaid and separate CHIP programs. CHIP is administered by states, according to federal requirements. The program is funded jointly by states and the federal government.
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