Press Releases

JAMA Paper Shows That Mental Health Parity is Affordable
Nov 11 1997

A paper published today (Nov. 12) in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) provides further evidence that equitable health insurance is affordable, according to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI).

Discrimination Upheld in Maine
Nov 06 1997

The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) today expressed shock and dismay about a decision by Maine voters to retain a provision in the state's Constitution prohibiting individuals under guardianship due to mental illness from voting.

Legal Advocacy Project Established to End Barriers to Care for Millions
Nov 05 1997

The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) today announced the establishment of a first-of-a-kind center that will push for timely and effective treatment for the estimated 2.2 million individuals with severe psychiatric disorders who don't get care when they most need it.

Survey Shows Nation’s Businesses Preparing to Make Insurance Discrimination A Thing of the Past
Oct 23 1997

The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) today released a survey of American businesses indicating little resistance by employers to comply with The Mental Health Parity Act of 1996. Special interest lobbyists are attempting to influence the White House to weaken the law just ten weeks before it is scheduled to take effect.

Mental Health Parity Act of 1996 Threatened by Backdoor Maneuver
Oct 21 1997

With less than three months before landmark legislation ending insurance discrimination against mental illnesses takes effect, lack of political will threatens to undermine this important first step toward fair treatment of people with serious brain disorders.

Texas Lawmaker Appointed To NAMI Board
Oct 09 1997

A state legislator from Texas, one of the country's leading advocates for fair and equitable treatment of serious mental illnesses, has been appointed to the board of directors of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI).

Managed Care Puts Millions With Severe Mental Illness at Risk, Landmark Study Reveals
Sep 17 1997

Managed care fails to make the grade in providing adequate care for persons with mental illness in publicly funded programs, according to a national report card released today by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI).

National Report Card To Show Managed Care Shortcomings
Sep 11 1997

The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) will release the results of a survey assessing how well managed care organizations are treating persons with severe mental illnesses.

NAMI Blasts Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating for Veto of Insurance Parity Bill as Anti-Family and Anti-Taxpayer
Jul 31 1997

The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) blasted Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating for his veto of HB 1077, which would have required Oklahoma insurance companies to offer equal overage for mental illness to the same extent as for other physical illnesses.

Nearly 40 Percent Of Older Suicide Victims See Doctor During Week Before Killing Themselves
Jul 25 1997

Suicide rates in older persons are on the rise and, yet, symptoms of depression are rarely recognized and treated in this population, reports the current issue of the Decade of the Brain, a quarterly science-based publication of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI). As many as nine out of ten older persons who have depression do not get treatment for this disorder.

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