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Medicaid
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NAMI Comments on Medicaid Programs
Read NAMI's comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Medicaid pogram; state plan home and community-based services, 5-year period for waivers, provider payment reassignment, and setting requirements for community. First Choice Proposed Rule

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.

Comments to Nat'l Committee for Quality Assurance
NAMI comments to the National Committee for Quality Assurance on quality measures for Medicaid beneficiaries living with schizophrenia. Read further for details. (PDF file)

What the Debt Limit Agreement Means for People Living With Serious Mental Illness
Learn about the provisions the debt limit agreement before Congress and how funding changes affect people living with serious mental illness.

NAMI Comments on Medicaid Funded Home and Community-based Services
The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) is proposing a new rule which will affect Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) waivers under section 1915(c) of the Social Security Act. Read NAMI's comments to CMS.

NAMI Opposes Medicaid Block Grant
The draft budget resolution introduced on April 5th by House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) would result in major reductions in future federal spending on Medicaid and convert the program from a federal entitlement to a block grant to the states. Read more.

Massive Cuts Loom for Federal Mental Health and Housing Programs
The White House unveiled the President’s budget proposal for FY 2012 requesting modest increases for mental illness research and services, as well as veterans housing programs.

Medicaid Webinar: Understanding Medicaid's Role in Mental Health Funding
View the presentation on Understanding Medicaid's Role in Mental Health Funding, October 21, 2010, from Judith Solomon of the Center on Budget & Policy Priorities. (PDF)

Extended Federal Medicaid Funds Signed into Law
President Obama signed into a law a package of aid (HR 1586) that includes a six-month extension of higher Medicaid federal matching funds for states.

Urge Your House Member to Support Higher Medicaid Funding!
The House of Representatives will be voting as early as Tuesday, August 10, 2010 on extending higher federal Medicaid matching funds for states.

Senate Votes Yes on FMAP Extension!
The U.S. Senate passed an amendment by a vote of 61-38 that will bring millions in needed Medicaid funding to our states. Read more for further details.

Call Now to Preserve Vital Funding for State & Local Mental Health Services
This week, the Senate will begin work on a new version of the Jobs and Tax Extenders legislative package that passed the House of May 28, which includes a provision that would extend each state’s federal Medicaid match rate (known as FMAP) through June 2011. Read further for details.

Senate Passess Extended Medicaid FMAP
The Senate voted in favor of extending higher federal Medicaid matching funds for an additional six months, through June 30, 2011.



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