March 22, 2010

APA Hails Long-Awaited Health Reform Measure for Extending, Expanding Health Coverage to Millions of Individuals

Bill Recognizes Critical Connection between Mind and Body to Overall Health

WASHINGTON – The American Psychological Association applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for passing health care reform measures that will help to ensure that millions more people obtain necessary health care and that recognize the important connection between mind and body to overall health and well-being.

“The goal of these measures is to extend coverage to millions of uninsured people and reduce health care costs for those with and without insurance,” said APA President Carol D. Goodheart, Ed.D. “By integrating psychological services into primary care, preventive services and benefit packages, it recognizes that true health care reform is not possible unless our system treats the whole person, both mind and body.

“We applaud the Obama administration and Congress for persevering in their efforts to improve our nation’s health care system.”

Over the past year, APA members and staff conducted hundreds of meetings with congressional offices and administration officials to advocate for APA’s health care reform priorities.

Goodheart noted that the legislation includes significant provisions related to integrated health care, mental health and substance use benefits at parity with medical/surgical benefits, prevention and wellness, workforce development, health disparities, comparative effectiveness research and long-term services and supports.

The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and is the world's largest association of psychologists. APA's membership includes more than 152,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance psychology as a science, as a profession and as a means of promoting health, education and human welfare.