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House Tries to Overcome Roadblocks on Mental Health Reform
New version of bill strips contentious provisions on patient privacy, Medicaid payments

Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., left, talks to colleagues at a House and Energy and Commerce Committee markup last year. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House lawmakers are launching a renewed attempt to get bipartisan support behind a long-stalled mental health reform bill, with a draft that strips several contentious provisions and borrows heavily from a version that has already been marked up in the Senate.  

Democrats strongly opposed the initial legislation, sponsored by Rep. Tim Murphy , R-Pa., arguing that it weakened patient privacy protections and would have made changes to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration that they felt would have undermined the agency.