« October 2006 | Main | July 2007 »

March 26, 2007

Mental Health Parity

"While I understand the importance of addressing a patient's mental health needs, I remain concerned that adding any new mandates in health care coverage will send already sky high health care costs even higher. Recent studies have shown that a portion of the increase in health care costs is directly correlated to increases in new mandates in health care coverage. As the costs of health care rise, some small businesses have been forced to drop health care coverage for their employees, and other individuals who receive employer-sponsored insurance increasingly face higher out-of-pocket costs. I firmly believe that the marketplace and consumer demand should be the driving force behind changes in health care coverage, not additional government mandates."

-Congressman Peter Hoekstra (well, his staff member) responding to me on his plans to oppose Mental Health Parity.

Posted by mjpoll at 05:54 PM | Comments (1)