December 23, 2009
The Senate is expected to give final approval to comprehensive health reform legislation on December 24, 2009, completing nearly a month of deliberations. The bill is designed to expand access to coverage for the uninsured, improve quality, control costs and make improvements to the Medicare and Medicaid programs. After passage later this week, efforts are expected to begin immediately to resolve differences with a separate bill that passed the House in November. The hope is to move a final bill to the President in early 2010.
Advocates are strongly encouraged to contact their Senators to express support for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Senate bill HR 3590. Earlier this week, NAMI sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) in support of the Senate bill and swift action to finalize an agreement with the House.
All Senate offices can be reached toll-free at 800-828-0498.
The following critical provisions to legislation of importance to people living with serious mental illness and their families should be emphasized for inclusion in the final Senate bill:
Read additional information on federal health care legislation and key NAMI priorities in this important debate.