Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), an advocate for the implementation of health information technology and mental health parity, announced that he will not be seeking re-election this fall. Kennedy, 42, co-chairs the 21st Century Health Care Caucus, which was established to drive change in the healthcare system by implementing health IT systems. His biggest accomplishment as a driver of healthcare reform, however, was the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 he co-authored to establish mental health and addiction equity. The legislation went into effect in October 2008. Kennedy fought his own battles with drug use over the years, admitting an addiction to prescription drugs in 2006, which he sought treatment for.
Late News: Kennedy says he won't seek re-election in fall
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