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NAMI’s Analysis of President Barack Obama’s FY 2014 Budget
FY '14 NAMI Statement to House Labor and HHS Committee
Is your group health plan in compliance with the federal parity law?
Mental health parity is the recognition of mental health conditions as equivalent to physical illnesses. Historically, many health insurance companies limited benefits for mental health to a much lower level than those available for physical conditions. With the passage of the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) mental health parity is the law of the land.
NAMI is asking for your help to make compliance with the federal parity law a reality.
HUD Announces Awards for 3,530 Units of New Supportive Housing in 13 States
On February 13, 2013, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced grants totaling $98 million for 3,530 units of supportive housing for people living with serious mental illness and other disabilities – including people living in institutions and people experiencing chronic homelessness.
A Letter to the President and Vice President
It should not have taken a tragic event to stir up a mental health care debate, but it has and America must act.
Help Us Make Parity a Reality!
Ask your member of Congress to support a final rule to make parity implementation a reality!
FY 2013 Spending Bills for Mental Illness Research, Services, Housing and Veterans Programs Move Forward
Against a backdrop of tight limits on federal discretionary spending and a possible across the board cut looming at the end the of the year, Congress has been moving forward in advancing spending bills to cover federal discretionary programs, including mental illness research and services.
What is the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act and Why is it Important to NAMI?
An obscure but important piece of legislation has been moving quickly though Congress in recent months and it offers important promise for helping to accelerate access to new and innovative treatments for serious mental illness.
Support Strong Prescription Drug Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act
One of NAMI’s strongest allies in the House is leading an effort to press the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to strengthen the scope of prescription drug coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
HUD Issues Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for New Supportive Housing Units
On May 14, 2012, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a NOFA for $85 million for the development of new permanent supportive housing units targeted to extremely low-income non-elderly people living with disabilities, including serious mental illness. Read further for details.
National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day 2012
May 9, 2012 marks the 7th annual National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day.
NAMI Sign-on Letter to HELP Committee (PDF)
Read NAMI's support of the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA).
Action Needed – 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.
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.
New GAO Report on Federal Parity Law
On Nov. 30, 2011, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released the first of two reports mandated by Congress on the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA). Read further for details.
Congressional Update: The Super Committee
What does failure of the congressional super committee mean for programs impacting children and adults living with mental illness?
NAMI Comments on Exchanges 10-31-11
NAMI Comments on Medicaid Eligibility 10-31-11
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)
FY2012 Spending Bills for Mental Illness Research, Services and Housing Move Forward
Congress is making slow progress in advancing spending bills to cover federal discretionary programs, including mental illness research, services and housing programs. Read further for details.