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Mental health advocate Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) spoke in favor of full mental health parity and against stigma in a recent address to the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. Stigma has accounted for the lack of equality in insurance benefits for mental health, the senator said. He called lack of parity a "terrible exception" in insurance policies. "You can cover the heart, but you can't cover the brain." Sen. Domenici also called upon the National Institute of Mental Health to phase in more rigorous research programs. The senator's wife, Nancy Domenici, also a mental health advocate, called upon the commission to keep these issues at the forefront of their recommendations to the president. "If you keep the steam up, I think that's the main thing."
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Title Annotation:Pete Domenici
Author:Peters, Sally
Publication:Clinical Psychiatry News
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Feb 1, 2003
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