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President Bush Vetoes Medicare Legislation – Congress To Vote on Overriding Veto
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President Bush Vetoes Medicare Legislation – Congress To Vote on Overriding Veto

President Bush today vetoed a major package of Medicare reforms. The House and Senate are expected to vote on overriding …Read the Rest

Senate Passes Medicare Legislation! Margin Sufficient to Override Expected Presidential Veto
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Senate Passes Medicare Legislation! Margin Sufficient to Override Expected Presidential Veto

By a vote of 69-30, the Senate on July 9 passed a critical package of Medicare beneficiary improvements. In addition …Read the Rest

Milestone: Mental Health Parity Act of 2007
Legislation/Law

Milestone: Mental Health Parity Act of 2007

Today our nation takes a major step forward with the introduction of this bill. Significant improvements will be made to existing law.
• It expands on the federal parity law passed in 1996 by prohibiting limits on inpatient days and outpatient visits that apply only to mental illnesses and not other illnesses.
• It prohibits higher co-payments, deductibles and other financial restrictions that apply only to mental illnesses and not other illnesses.
• Finally and most importantly, the legislation applies these new standards to self-insured plans that are currently exempt from 41 state mental health parity laws. Those plans cover an estimated 82 million Americans.