President Bush signed the $700 billion dollar financial rescue package into law today. But, the Wall Street bailout bill also carried the Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act into law.
The Wellstone Act mandates parity by requiring insurance companies that offer mental health and addiction treatment coverage to pay for those treatments just like other physical health treatments. But, the new law does not mandate the inclusion of mental health and addiction coverage for all insurance plans.
To talk more about the signing of the 12-year-old initiative into law, David Wellstone talked to Tom Crann. He is the son of Minnnesota's late U.S. Senator, Paul Wellstone.