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.

The bill from Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) would also expand the mental health services available to young people on Medicaid.

“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.

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