medicare co-pays: a step toward insurance parity

Senators John Kerry and Olympia Snowe have reintroduced a bill that would make Medicare mental health co-pays equivalent to non-mental health co-pays, instead of two and a half times as much. See Shrink Rap for details and please write your senators.

Here is a copy of the letter I sent my senators.  If you agree with what I say, please feel free to use it yourself, editing as much as you like.

I am asking you to please support the Medicare Mental Health Copayment Equity Act of 2007 (S.1715).  Non-discriminatory coverage for mental disorders benefits everyone, both by reducing unnecessary human suffering and by reducing the financial and social costs involved when these disabling medical problems are left untreated.  Equating co-pays is a small step toward non-discriminatory coverage, and I ask you to contribute to that by supporting this bill.

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