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THE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH COVERAGE TRANSPARENCY ACT Senator Elizabeth Warren & Representative Joe Kennedy III Insurance coverage for behavioral health services is critical to the health of all Americans and to our ability to address the opioid crisis devastating communities across the country. The Wellstone-Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 and the Affordable Care Act require that insurance coverage for behavioral health care services is equivalent to the coverage that insurers provide for physical health care services. However, surveys of beneficiaries and reports from patients tell a very different story. According to 2017 data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, almost 19 percent of adults in the United States (U.S.). have some type of mental illness, yet less than half of these individuals receive mental health services.i Lack of coverage for mental health services and weak enforcement of existing parity laws are a key cause ...