Aetna has been a proponent of workable mental-health parity legislation since 2004, when Senate leaders approached the company to work on this issue, and we have worked with Members of Congress and other stakeholders to help resolve differences in language between competing bills. Once signed, this new law will promote parity in health care coverage for mental health illnesses improving the quality of health care overall.
"Aetna is proud to have played a significant role in this landmark legislation," said Ronald A. Williams, Chairman and CEO of Aetna. "We as a nation are in a position to finally write into law important changes to our health care system while protecting its economic stability, and to help deliver improved benefits to mental health patients throughout the country.
"The legislation will benefit all Americans because it makes mental health treatment accessible and affordable. Aetna's members will be better able to achieve improved health outcomes through integrated medical and behavioral benefits and services."
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