CIGNA Corporation (NYSE:CI) praised U.S. Senators Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) today for authoring a long-awaited mental health parity agreement, which the Senate Finance Committee has agreed to include in a tax package that could move through Congress this fall.
The new Mental Health Parity Act builds on a 1996 Mental Health Parity law by requiring health insurance plans that offer mental health coverage to provide that coverage on par with financial and treatment coverage offered for other physical illnesses. The compromise legislation was developed in conjunction with mental health, insurance and business organizations. It does not mandate that group plans must provide mental health coverage, but will improve coverage for about 113 million Americans.
This is an important milestone for mental health care in the United States, said Keith Dixon, Ph.D., a psychologist and president of CIGNA’s health solutions organization, which includes its behavioral health care business. At CIGNA we recognize that the mind and body are inter-connected, and oneÂ™s mental health is every bit as important as oneÂ™s physical health, so we are pleased to see this step toward parity. CIGNA commends the Senate Finance Committee for its action, and thanks Senators Domenici, Enzi and Kennedy for embracing this issue.
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Chris Curran, 215-761-1560