U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy and Chris Murphy, members of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, recenty introduced the Mental Health Parity Compliance Act of 2019.
The legislation improves transparency and accountability to help consumers have access to mental health and substance use services included in their plans. It would strengthen compliance with mental health parity laws by requiring issuers or plans to submit comparative analyses upon request from federal oversight agencies. U.S. Representative Katie Porter (CA-45) plans to introduce the companion bill in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Murphy and Cassidy co-authored the bipartisan Mental Health Reform Act in 2016, which was signed into law by President Obama.
“As a doctor, I know mental health and physical health are linked. Ensuring equal access to both, health outcomes improve. Senator Murphy and I worked to pass the Mental Health Reform Act to ensure Americans with mental illness could get the treatment they need,” said Cassidy. “This legislation ensures accountability so patients have the same resources to take care of their mental health as their physical health.”