News bites: Equal coverage for the mentally ill

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will join a host of top administration officials in announcing sweeping new regulations requiring insurers to treat mental illness and addiction the same as physical illnesses, RegWatch reports.

The rules, following years of delay, are seen as a key component of President Obama’s bid to curb gun violence, according to The New York Times.

The Food and Drug Administration moved to ban trans fats from processed foods, according to RegWatch.

The action completes trans fats’ decades-long transition from miracle product to pariah, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Directors Richard Cordray defended the agency’s data collection practices.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration unveiled new regulations requiring companies to release workplace injury and illness reports to the public.

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez called the Employment Non-Discrimination Act “a moral imperative.”

Nine states filed a court brief opposing draft Environmental Protection Agency rules imposing limits on power plant emissions.

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