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Official Source Documents

November 30, 2016 — Summary of 21st Century Cures Act - H.R. 6

June 14, 2016 — Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R. 2646), as Approved by House Energy & Commerce Committee

March 16, 2016 — Mental Health Reform Act (S. 2680), as Approved by Senate HELP Committee

March 7, 2016 — Official Summary of Mental Health Reform (MHR) Act Discussion Draft

March 7, 2016 — Mental Health Reform (MHR) Act (Discussion Draft)

December 16, 2015 — The Behavioral Health Coverage Transparency Act (H.R. 4276)

November 20, 2008 — Effective date technical correction bill (S. 3712) to the Mental Health Parity and Addition Equity Act of 2008

October 1, 2008 — Economic Rescue Package (H.R. 1424) as considered by Senate

September 22, 2008 — Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (H.R.6983)

March 5, 2008 — The Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act (H.R. 1424), as considered by House (does not include GINA language)

March 5, 2008 — Bush Administration Statement of Administration Policy on H.R. 1424

February 26, 2008 — CBO Letters to Ways and Means Health Subcommittee on Mental Health Parity Legislation: to Stark

February 26, 2008 — CBO Letters to Ways and Means Health Subcommittee on Mental Health Parity Legislation: to Camp

February 6, 2008 — Mental Health Parity Extension Legislation (H.R. 4848)

October 1, 2007 — Joint Tax Committee Estimated Revenue Effects of Chairman's Amendment to H.R. 1424

October 1, 2007 — Joint Tax Committee Description of Chairman's Amendment to H.R. 1424

September 26, 2007 — White House Letters to Kennedy/Enzi Supporting Senate Mental Health Parity Legislation

September 18, 2007 — The Mental Health Parity Act (H.R. 558), as passed by Senate

September 7, 2007 — CBO Estimate of the Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act of 2007 (H.R. 1424)

July 18, 2007 — Chairman's Version of The Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act (H.R. 1424), as Approved by the Education and Labor Committee

March 9, 2007 — The Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act (H.R. 1424)

March 7, 2007 — Official Summary of the Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act (H.R. 1424)

March 2, 2007 — Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act of 2007 (S. 1367)

February 12, 2007 —  Mental Health Parity Act (S. 558)

February 12, 2007 — Senate HELP Summary of Mental Health Parity Act

November 19, 2003 — Tax Relief Extension Act of 2003 (H.R.3521)

Council Materials

October 15, 2008 — Presentation: Overview of Mental Health Parity Law (Courtesy of Blue Cross Blue Shield Association)

October 14, 2008 — Summary of Final Mental Health Parity Legislation (Courtesy of Hewitt Associates)

September 10, 2008 — Group Letter to Congressional Leadership Urging Passage of Mental Health Parity Legislation

July 25, 2008 — Council Side-by-Side Comparison Mental Health Parity Bill Chart

March 4, 2008 — Group Letter to House Leadership Urging Rejection of H.R. 1424

March 3, 2008 — Council Letter to House Leadership Urging Rejection of H.R. 1424

February 8, 2008 — Council Letter to House Leadership Urging Rejection of H.R. 1424

October 16, 2007 — Group Letter to Energy and Commerce Committee on Mental Health Parity

October 10, 2007 — Group Letter to Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee on Mental Health Parity

September 14, 2007 — Key Differences Chart of the Senate and House Mental Health Parity Bills

September 14, 2007 — Side-by-Side Comparison Chart of the Senate and House Mental Health Parity Bills

September 6, 2007 — Coalition ad urging passage of S. 558 as printed in Congress Daily AM

August 3, 2007 — Group Letter to Senate in Support of the Mental Health Parity Act (S. 558)

July 17, 2007 — Group Letter to House Education and Labor Committee Regarding Mental Health Parity Legislation

July 16, 2007 — Council Letter to House Education and Labor Committee Regarding Markup of Mental Health Parity Legislation

July 10, 2007 — Council testimony by Jon Breyfogle on HR 1424 before Education and Labor Committee Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions

June 15, 2007 — Testimony of Council President James Klein before House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee

June 12, 2007 — Council Letter to Sponsors of Mental Health Parity Act (S. 558)

March 26, 2007 — Side-by-Side Chart Comparing House and Senate Mental Health Parity Legislation

February 7, 2007 — Council Letter to Senate HELP Committee Regarding Mental Health Parity Legislation

February 5, 2007 — Council Summary of Senate Mental Health Parity Bill

Official Source Documents

November 29, 2016 — STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY House Amendment to the Senate Amendment to H.R. 34 – 21st Century Cures Act

October 27, 2016 — Final Report of the Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force

October 27, 2016 — FAQs about Affordable Care Act Implementation Part 34: Coverage of Preventive Services; Mental Health Parity

July 8, 2016 — Department of Labor Hosts Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force Listening Session

July 8, 2016 — Department of Labor Hosts Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force Listening Session

April 20, 2016 — FAQs about Affordable Care Act Implementation Part 31: Preventive Care, Out-of-Pocket Maximums, Recissions, Mental Health Parity

October 23, 2015 — FAQs about Affordable Care Act Implementation Part XXV: Preventive Care, Wellness Programs, Mental Health Parity

January 9, 2014 — FAQs about Affordable Care Act Implementation Part XVI: Preventive Coverage, Out-of-Pocket Limits, Expatriate Plans, Wellness Programs, Mental Health Parity

November 8, 2013 — FAQs about Affordable Care Act Implementation Part XVII: Final Regulations Implementing the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008

November 8, 2013 — Final Regulations Implementing the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008

July 1, 2010 — DOL Guidance: New Frequently Asked Question

February 2, 2010 — IRS/EBSA/CMS Interim Final Regulations for the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008

October 2, 2009 —  Letter from HHS Secretary Sebelius Regarding Mental Health Parity Regulations

April 27, 2009 — Regulatory Request for Information Regarding the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008

Council Materials

November 10, 2016 — Council President James A. Klein’s memo to members: policy priorities will need to overcome partisan conflict
September 23, 2014 — American Benefits Council sets course for Year 2020 with strategic plan for health, retirement policy
September 23, 2014 — American Benefits Council sets course for Year 2020 with strategic plan for health, retirement policy
September 18, 2014 — American Benefits Council to unveil long-term strategic plan at Press Club media briefing, Will set forth vision for health, retirement benefits policy in year 2020
October 3, 2008 — Council available to comment on employee benefits provisions of economic rescue bill
September 23, 2008 — Council applauds mental health parity agreement
March 4, 2008 — House mental health "parity" bill treats behavioral conditions differently than other medical and surgical services
October 16, 2007 — Council reiterates support for Senate-passed compromise mental health parity legislation
October 10, 2007 — Council urges House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee to consider Senate-passed mental health parity language
September 26, 2007 — Council urges Ways and Means Committee to pass Senate mental health parity language
September 19, 2007 — Council urges Ways and Means Subcommittee to pass Camp mental health parity substitute
September 19, 2007 — Council applauds passage of S. 558, Senate Mental Health Parity Act
July 17, 2007 — Council urges Education and Labor Committee to pass Kline mental health parity substitute
June 15, 2007 — Council testifies before House subcommittee: Senate bill achieves real mental health parity
March 26, 2007 — Council supports bipartisan Senate approach to achieve mental health parity
February 14, 2007 — Council commends mental health parity bill passed by Senate HELP committee
November 7, 2006 — Congressional election outcomes could have major effect on employee benefits