Yes, I am asking YOU, today, to call

OK, I know you read these type of messages and it is like Pledge Drive week - you figure someone else will do it. But really, this message is for YOU. I got blisters walking all over Congress actually visiting my Congresspeople. I wrote a letter to the editor at my local paper. All YOU have to do is pick up the phone. It really is simple, easy, feels great, low-fat (that's a JOKE, people). Please do it. Santa knows if you're naughty or nice and *I* will know it was you who didn't call if it doesn't pass. Because if you ALL did, it would pass.


Dear EDC and FAC members -

As we continue to move forward on parity with the goal of passing this historical legislation this session, we need your voice! The addiction and mental health parity bill, now named the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, will be considered in the House early this week under suspension of the rules. Democratic leadership hope to bring the bill up on Tuesday.

House leadership made the decision to move the bill forward separately in addition to the extenders package in the Senate out of fear that the extenders bill will get bogged down in partisan politics and thereby prevent parity from being enacted.


Use the toll-free Parity Hotline to Call your Representative:

1-866-parity4 (1-866-727-4894) to call their Members of Congress. (The Parity Hotline reaches the U.S. Capitol switchboard, which can connect callers to the offices of their members.) To determine your representative go to and put in your zip code.
Message: "I'm calling to ask that Representative X vote YES on the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. This legislation must pass before Congress adjourns."

If you need more information or assistance:
One of our advocacy partners on Capitol Hill, Faces and Voices of Recovery has set up a capwiz tool for this action alert and is generously sharing it with the Coalition. Here is the link:

As you'll see on the site, by punching in their zip code, you will get the name of your Member of Congress, a phone number for the Member and a script for the call. Background information about the bill is also available.

Thank you for making a call that makes a difference!
Jeanine Cogan, Ph.D., Policy Director
Eating Disorders Coalition
(202) 352-3208


  1. Coincidentally with this post, I got a letter from one of my senators today thanking me for my letter urging action on this matter. I phoned my reps the first time the blogosphere lit up with this issue; then wrote emails a couple weeks ago. Let's hope the warm phone reception and cordial letters translate to a positive end.


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