LONG BRANCH — Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), son of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, is expected to formally endorse U.S. Senate candidate Frank Pallone Jr. tomorrow at a media event at the University Behavioral Health Center in Piscataway.
Kennedy and Pallone served together in the House of Representatives, and were instrumental in passing the landmark Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act, which requires health insurance companies to cover mental health and addiction treatment the same way they cover physical illnesses. Pallone, the senior Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, was also a primary author of President Obama’s historic health care reform law and has long been an advocate for equal coverage of mental health and addiction treatment, which were also included as essential care under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
University Behavioral HealthCare was established in 1971 as a division of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and is one of the largest providers of behavioral healthcare services in the country.
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