Though I’m a bit skeptical of Joe Biden’s claim that he can easily reach across the aisle to pass bipartisan legislation, I do agree with Biden that it’s important for this country to get back to a time where liberals and conservatives can find common ground to pass meaningful legislation. At one time, legislators with very different political ideologies were able to find common ground and collaborate on important bills. An example of this was when liberal Democrat Paul Wellstone and conservative Republican Pete Domenici collaborated on the 1996 The Mental Health Parity Act.
The Mental Health Parity Act (MHPA) required annual or lifetime dollar limits on mental health benefits to be no lower than any such dollar limits for medical and surgical benefits offered by a group health plan or health insurance issuer offering coverage in connection with a group health plan. Prior to MHPA and similar legislation, insurers were not required to cover mental health care and so access to treatment was limited, underscoring the importance of the act.
Here is a video of Ronald Honberg, Director of Policy and Legal Affairs for NAMI, talking about the importance of Mental Health Parity.