Senator Biden for VP - Excellent News for Mental Health Care Advocates!
duo | August 22, 2008 at 11:51 pmby
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Below is a letter from Senator Biden to the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) during his presidential bid:
December 30, 2007
Dear National Alliance of Mental Illness Membership,
Thank you for the invitation to share information on my mental health positions. Mental health is an important part of one's overall health and deserves to be treated equally and be covered by health insurance.
It is estimated that 26.2 percent of Americans over 18, approximately 57.7 million people, suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. Even though mental disorders are widespread in the population, mental disorders and people suffering from them face great stigmatism and discrimination. We must work to reduce the stigma attached to mental illness, and to create opportunities for people to seek help and treatment for their illness. I believe in investing in research for new methods of prevention and treatment, and working to make sure these innovations are available to patients by guaranteeing that insurance providers must provide full parity for mental health treatment. I was a co-sponsor of the Paul Wellstone Mental Health Equitable Treatment Act and I remain committed to the goals of the act as a cosponsor of the Mental Health Parity Act of 2007 in this Congress. In addition, I have fought to make sure that Medicare patients pay the same co-payments and deductibles for a mental health issue as they would for a physical injury. As President, I would continue these efforts and work to ensure mental health parity.
I thank you for the opportunity to discuss these issues and look forward to working with your organization to improving the lives of persons living with mental illnesses and their families.
For additional information on Senator Biden, please see below:
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I had entertained hopes that Senator Clinton would be Senator Obama’s running mate, however, I believe that Senator Biden is an excellent choice for Vice President for the United States of America. His lengthy and prestigious history in the Senate will compliment Senator Obama’s quest for positive CHANGE!
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