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Washington, D.C. - The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) this evening honored members of Congress and the Clinton Administration for their leadership in making the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 a reality.
The honorees included Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman; Senators James Jeffords (R-VT), Edward Kennedy (D-MA), Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY), and William Roth, Jr., (R-DE); and Representatives Tom Bliley, Jr., (R-VA), John Dingell (D-MI), Kenny Hulshof (R-MO), Nancy Johnson (R-CT), Rick Lazio (R-NY), Robert Matsui (D-CA), and Henry Waxman (D-CA).
"These distinguished individuals were the driving force in removing a major employment barrier for millions of Americans with disabilities, including those with mental illnesses," said NAMI Executive Director Laurie Flynn. "This historic measure finally recognizes that people with brain disorders shouldn’t be denied the dignity of work just because they have an illness. Nor should they have to choose between taking a job and having critical health care."
The Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act, signed into law by President Clinton on December 17, 1999, eliminates the potential loss of healthcare benefits under Medicare and Medicaid when an individual, who receives income supports through Social Security’s disability programs, returns to work.
"Passage and enactment stands as a tremendous bipartisan accomplishment of the 106th Congress," said Flynn. The legislation navigated through numerous House and Senate committees and passed muster under complicated congressional budget rules that govern federal entitlement programs. "Its success came as a result of the tireless efforts of its supporters in the Congress and through the leadership of Secretary Herman and President Clinton."
NAMI also recognized the work of Marriott International, Inc., and the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities for leadership in giving employment opportunities to people with disabilities, including mental illnesses, and for encouraging that mission in the larger business community. Marriott’s "Bridges...from school to work" program has placed more than 4,000 young people with disabilities with more than 1,200 different employers.
Former ABC News medical and health correspondent George Strait served as master of ceremonies for NAMI’s awards ceremony, held at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. Strait currently serves as chairman of The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.
Each NAMI honoree was noted for his or her general accomplishments and specific contribution to the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999:
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