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National Strategy

The National Strategy is the first-of-its-kind, comprehensive set of policy recommendations for federal policymakers. No matter which congressional committee or federal agency, every part of the federal government has a role to play as demonstrated by the recommendations in The Kennedy Forum’s Alignment for Progress: National Strategy.

Parity Tools

Don’t Deny Me is a website that educates consumers and providers about patient rights under the Federal Parity Law, which requires insurers to cover illnesses of the brain, such as depression or addiction, no more restrictively than illnesses of the body, such as diabetes or cancer. Providers are encouraged to download and print posters, brochures, and infographics to use in patient settings.

Parity Registry is a website where consumers can learn to file appeals—after wrongful denials of insurance coverage for mental health and addiction treatment services—and register complaints against their health plans.

Parity Track is a website where policymakers and others can track legislative, regulatory, and legal parity activities in all 50 states and at the federal level to monitor implementation and best practices.

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Former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy (D-RI) is a lifelong mental health advocate and served as a Commissioner on the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. He is the founder of The Kennedy Forum, a convening think tank focused on mental health and addiction policy; and co-founder of One Mind, a global leader in open science collaboration for brain research. In 2015, he co-authored, A Common Struggle, a New York Times best seller, which details his personal journey and provides a roadmap for the future of mental health policy. Mr. Kennedy is pushing for full enforcement of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. He was the lead sponsor of this groundbreaking legislation, which requires health plans cover mental health, eating disorders, and addiction care health benefits the same way they cover physical health benefits.

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