Norcross, Courtney, Kuster, Fitzpatrick Introduce Bill to Enforce Mental Health Parity, Hold Insurance Companies Accountable
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01), Vice-Chair of the Bipartisan Opioid Task Force, along with the Bipartisan Opioid Task Force Co-Chairs, Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) and Ann Kuster (NH-02), and Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) introduced the Parity Enforcement Act, H.R. 1364, which expands the U.S. Department of Labor’s authority to hold health insurers and plan sponsors accountable for offering health plans that violate the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008.
“As America continues to battle a public health crisis and economic crisis, the opioid epidemic has been fueled by the pandemic and continues to claim more lives each year than all of the Vietnam War and, unfortunately, suicide is also on the rise in nearly every state in our nation,” said Congressman Norcross. “While mental health parity is rightfully the law of the land, our enforcement mechanisms are severely lacking. Insurance companies can get away with not following parity laws, even though lives are on the line. We can and must do more.”
“America is working to overcome two epidemics right now—the COVID-19 pandemic, and the nationwide opioid epidemic that has unfortunately grown worse over the past…
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