June 27, 2008
Last night the Senate gave final approval to a supplemental war funding bill that includes moratoria on regulations that would have severely limited the ability of states to fund critical mental health services through the Medicaid program. The bill now moves to the White House where President Bush has pledged to sign it in to law.
The voice of NAMI advocates all across the country made an enormous difference in building strong bipartisan majorities against these Medicaid regulations, forcing the Bush Administration to back off of previous veto threats. NAMI is extremely grateful to all those who took the time to write and call over the past four months on this important issue.
The Senate’s action last night caps a very busy week in Congress on NAMI’s federal legislative agenda. The House passed measures to broaden the scope of the Americans with Disabilities Act and to stop abuse of teens in "boot camp" residential programs. Unfortunately, the Senate failed to vote on a measure that would have strengthened Medicare. Congress has now begun its July 4th recess and will not return until July 8. Click on the links below for details on the actions taken by the House and Senate during this very busy week.House Approves Measure to Stop Abuse in Teen Residential Programs
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