The federal health care reform law, known as the Affordable Care Act or ACA, has many aspects that could impact significantly on access to mental health and health care for people of all ages living with mental illness. The materials and resources listed below are intended to help you better understand the laws and its potential impact. New materials and resources are under construction and will be added to the site in coming months.
HHS Announces Funding to Help Seniors, People Living with Disabilities Access Long-Term Services & Supports The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced $25 million in funding under the Affordable Care Act to help states provide home and community-based long-term services and supports to seniors and people living with disabilities.
HHS Issues Guidance on Essential Health Benefits On Dec. 16, 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released an information bulletin outlining how it plans to implement the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that insurance plans offer at least a minimum set of essential health benefits. Read further for details.
NAMI Medicaid EHB Comments Read comments to Ms. Marilyn Tavenner, Acting Administrator at the
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on the proposed rule for Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Programs, and Exchanges: Essential Health Benefits in Alternative Benefit Plans, Eligibility Notices, Fair Hearing and Appeal Processes for Medicaid and Exchange Eligibility Appeals and Other Provisions Related to Eligibility and Enrollment for Exchanges, Medicaid and CHIP, and Medicaid Premiums and Cost Sharing.
NAMI Joins “Friend of the Court Brief” Supporting Medicaid Provisions in the Affordable Care Act NAMI joined 38 colleague national organizations in filing an Amicus (Friend of the Court) brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Florida v. HHS challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. Read further for details.
Essential Health Benefits Sign-On Letter Read comments to Secretary Sebelius on the Essential Health Benefits Package.
NAMI Comments to DHHS on IOM 10 11 Read NAMI's Comments to the Department of Health and Human Services listening Session on the Institute of Medicine Recommendations on Essential Health Benefits Under the Affordable Care Act
Accountable Care Organizations The Affordable Care Act establishes Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) as a new type of provider within the Medicare program. Read comments submitted by NAMI and proposed federal ACO rules.
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Sign Parity Petition Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida recently terminated mental health and addiction service providers and is seeking new contracts at substantially reduced rates through its affiliate New Directions Behavioral Health. This could affect patient access to care. Read further.