Congressman Joe Kennedy III today applauded the bipartisan passage of his CHIP Mental Health Parity Act in the House of Representatives. With nearly half a million children and pregnant women currently lacking guaranteed mental health coverage under CHIP, Kennedy's bill would extend behavioral health parity protections - which require insurance companies to treat mental illness on par with physical illness - to all beneficiaries of the program. "No child, no infant, and no expecting mother shou… Continue Reading
As the House of Representatives debates a narrow opioid epidemic response package this week, Congressman Joe Kennedy III offered an amendment that would ensure any change to the Institutions for Mental Diseases (IMD) exclusion include all substance use disorders and increase investments in community-based services. By temporarily repealing the IMD exclusion solely for opioid addiction, the underlying legislation would deny treatment options to patients suffering from other substance use disorder… Continue Reading
Newton, MA - Congressman Joe Kennedy III today released the following statement in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the death of his grandfather, Senator Robert F. Kennedy. "Fifty years ago this country lost a good man - a husband, a father, a brother and a son. For Robert F. Kennedy, strength lay in compassion, power came from empathy, and integrity was defined by how we treat the least among us. At a moment in time when division, distrust, and discrimination plagued our communities, Sena… Continue Reading
Congressman Joseph Kennedy III joined protesters in Texas over the weekend to draw attention to the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy on illegal immigration. The policy has sparked controversy, as it has resulted in children being taken away from their parents. Congressman Kennedy talks about what he saw and what he was told by officials at the "tent city" in Tornillo.Read more: http://www.wbur.org/radioboston/2018/06/18/asylum-children-separated… Continue Reading
Congressman Joe Kennedy joined a protest on the Texas/Mexico border Sunday to draw attention to a tent-like shelter to house immigrant children separated from their parents.
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U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, after visiting the Texas-Mexico border to rally against the separation of undocumented immigrant children from their parents, said Monday the issue has a simple solution: a phone call from President Donald Trump.
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