The Interim Meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA) concluded recently, and one topic on the agenda was the Mental Health Parity Act passed by Congress as part of the economic stimulus package.

In considering a proposal for the AMA to develop a nationwide campaign to educate physicians and the public about the benefits now afforded by the Mental Health Parity Act, the House of Delegates deemed the projected $3 – $7 million cost too steep. The final action calls for the AMA to develop information for both physicians and consumers that will be made available on the association’s Web site.