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Since 2015, The Kennedy Forum Legal Task Force, made up of over 70 attorneys and consumer advocates, have been meeting regularly to discuss litigation related to enforcing The Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (aka The Federal Parity Law).

Over the past six years, the Task Force has met over 50 times and has tracked several hundred cases related to the Federal Parity Law.  The parity legal case summaries are divided into two sections:

 

The landmark court decision, Wit vs United Behavioral Health, is now back in the news because the Defendant has appealed the lower court decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.  In May 2021, the Plaintiffs responded to the UBH appeal with their own court filing, contesting UBH’s legal bases on appeal. The Kennedy Forum and 25 other advocacy organizations filed an amicus brief related to this appeal supporting the Plaintiffs in this case.  Click here to access the brief.

 

If you would like to learn more about The Kennedy Forum Legal Task Force, please send The Kennedy Forum an email at info@thekennedyforum.org.