United States Senator Bill Cassidy talks with 101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty about his legislative fight to lower medical care and prescription costs. The Senator also talks about the importance of strengthening mental health parity laws and how increasing competition - and patient choices - will lower insurance costs for Americans.

According to Cassidy, his mental health parity legislation "improves transparency and accountability to help consumers have access to mental health and substance use services included in their plans. It would strengthen compliance with mental health parity laws by requiring issuers or plans to submit comparative analyses upon request from federal oversight agencies."

“As a doctor, I know mental health and physical health are linked. Ensuring equal access to both, health outcomes improve. Senator Murphy and I worked to pass the Mental Health Reform Act to ensure Americans with mental illness could get the treatment they need,” says Louisiana's senior Senator. “This legislation ensures accountability so patients have the same resources to take care of their mental health as their physical health.”

Cassidy adds that his legislation is supported by more than fifty mental health organizations.