Patrick Kennedy and his wife Amy have announced the arrival of their new daughter, Nora Kara Kennedy. She was born today at 3:11 p.m. and weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces. Harper and Owen were reported to be thrilled to meet their new baby sister. Amy and the baby are both doing well, according to Kennedy family sources. In a week of the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's death, this is joyous news for the Kennedys.
Most health insurance plans must now cover mental health and addiction treatment the same way they cover medical benefits. A trio of federal agencies has issued the final rule on how to implement the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. Former congressman Patrick Kennedy says the act he co-sponsored is only a beginning for better mental health treatment.
Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy on Wednesday announced a new initiative to improve mental health care for Americans.
Despite progress, Kennedy says Americans with mental illness still face discrimination and a heightened risk for suicide. He plans to launch a new effort called the Kennedy Forum to address these and similar problems. Kennedy said part of the answer is implementing a 2008 law meant to ensure parity in insurance coverage for mental health care issues.
President Obama praised former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy for his support of legislation that made mental health coverage mandatory on health insurance policies.
The president’s remarks came Monday at the White House National Conference on Mental Health. In his opening remarks, the president praised several individuals, including Kennedy, who struggled with bipolar disorder and substance abuse during his years representing Rhode Island.
Former 1st District Rep. Patrick Kennedy will campaign with Congressman David Cicilline in the run up to the Sept. 11th Democratic primary for U.S. House in the 1st District.
Kennedy will join Cicilline on the campaign circuit the week of Sept. 9th. “I’ve known David Cicilline for years and I am incredibly proud of the work that he has already done since we sent him to serve in Congress,’’ Kennedy said in a statement. “No one has been working harder than David to get our state back on the right track and put Rhode Islanders back to work.