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Final Push Needed on Health Reform

March 15, 2010

The U.S. House of Representatives may vote as early as this week on final health care reform legislation that can be sent to President Obama for his signature.  As is being widely reported in the press, the current plan is for the House to pass an identical bill to that which was passed by the Senate on December 31, 2009.  This will be followed by a separate bill, making critical improvements to the Senate-passed bill. It then must go back to the Senate to pass under expedited rules known as budget “reconciliation.”

Take Action Now!!

Advocates are strongly encouraged to contact their House member to urge them to support immediate House passage of the Senate bill.  The Senate bill has a range of important reforms designed to expand and improve coverage of mental illness treatment – in both private group health plans and public programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.

View provisions in the Senate-passed bill that the House will be voting on.

Advocates can reach their House member by calling 800-828-0498. Families USA, an advocacy organization that has worked to promote high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans can be reached at 1-888-876-6242.

You can also send your House member an e-mail message by clicking here.

It is time to finish the job on health care reform legislation.

Call your Representative today!