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Patrick Kennedy – Rebecca Costa

Patrick Joseph Kennedy II is former US Representative for Rhode
Island’s 1st congressional district serving from 1995 until 2011. He was
a chief sponsor of one of the major pieces of legislation of 2008, the
Mental Health Parity Act, a bill requiring most group health plans to
provide coverage for the treatment of mental illnesses that is
comparable to what they provide for physical illnesses. He is a strong
proponent of adding a comprehensive prescription-drug benefit to
the U.S. Medicare and has consistently opposed attempts to privatize the
Medicare program. A member of the Kennedy political family, he is the
younger son of the longtime Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy.

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