The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed long-awaited bipartisan mental health reform legislation more than three years in the making.
Republicans opposed to new gun control measures have previously touted the legislation - which was approved 422-2 - as their response to mass shootings. But about two weeks after Democrats staged a House sit-in over guns, Republicans and Democrats avoided the issue during floor speeches ahead of the vote on the bipartisan mental health bill.
The measure was originally intended as a massive overhaul of the mental health care system.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) supports the House Energy and Commerce Committee Amendment to the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R. 2646) and thanks Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) for their leadership advancing this bipartisan effort to improve our mental health system to better meet the needs of children and adolescents.
The American Medical Association (AMA) adopted new policy today urging equal health care access and payment for eating disorders. Although current federal law mandates parity in benefit levels for eating disorders, many payers do not offer parity of services, effectively excluding eating disorders from mental health parity.