Bill to strike ‘mentally retarded’ from US code?
Bipartisan legislation introduced Wednesday would strike the term “mentally retarded” from the section of the U.S. Code that governs major federal entitlements.
“This legislation would give families trying their best to help their children live with mental illness more options for alternative care in small settings,” Kerry said in a statement.
The portion of the bill striking "mentally retarded" would apply to the Social Security Act, which includes Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and the State Children's Health Insurance Program.
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