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The evolution of mental health parity in American politics.

Author: Levinson, C. M; Druss, B. G.
Author Background:
Date 11/2000
Type Journal
Journal Title: Administration-and-Policy-in-Mental-Health
Volume/Pages 28(2): 139-146
Subject Matter Social-Policy; Legislation; Mental-health-services; Advocacy;Administration-Management
Abstract The Mental Health Parity Act of 1966 (P.L. 104-204) is one example of successful incremental health care policy that came after the defeat of Clinton's 1993 health reform package. For those who opposed government intervention into private business practice, this amendment represented a small defeat. For those who rely on health insurance to cover needed mental health services, it was a small victory. This article reviews the legislative evolution of the act. (Conclusion, edited.)