September 28, 2018

CONGRESS PASSES KENNEDY BILL TO GUARANTEE MENTAL HEALTH CARE FOR KIDS

Will extend mental health parity protections to CHIP beneficiaries

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Joe Kennedy III today applauded the bipartisan passage of his CHIP Mental Health Parity Act as part of Congress’s opioid package. With nearly half a million children and pregnant women currently lacking guaranteed mental health coverage under CHIP, Kennedy’s bill will extend behavioral health parity protections — which require insurance companies to treat mental illness on par with physical illness — to all beneficiaries of the program.

“In the wealthiest nation on earth, we cannot allow any child, infant, or pregnant woman to be denied the mental health care or substance use disorder treatment that they need and deserve. With the passage of the CHIP Mental Health Parity Act, we can rectify a gap in our system that allows CHIP beneficiaries to be denied the care they would be guaranteed by private insurance and employer-sponsored care. But as Congress takes one small step forward in combatting the opioid epidemic with this package today, we must not rest until our government invests in the full continuum of care that will help our families and communities overcome this crisis.”

About the Children’s Health Insurance Program:
The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides health coverage to eligible children, babies and pregnant women, 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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For Immediate Release:
September 28, 2018 

Contact:
Dan Black (202) 225-5931