What’s At Stake

Jan 26, 2017

One topic seems to be echoing through the halls of Congress like a broken record: health care.

Luckily for NAMI, the debate about health care means an opportunity to talk about mental health. NAMI is at the frontlines of that debate, fighting for every American’s right to quality mental health care.

Read a full outline of our efforts here.

Congress is already listening. Last week, advocates from NAMI and four other mental health and addiction organizations flooded the voicemails of Representatives and Senators on a national call-in day, urging them to protect mental health insurance safeguards and Medicaid.

While our voices are loud, the numbers around mental illness in America speak louder:

Our country has entered a new chapter of how we recognize and address mental health. From the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion, to the mental health provisions in the 21st Century Cures Act, millions of Americans have gained access to quality, affordable care.

Our progress is obvious. But these reforms are in peril if the foundation of mental health coverage is not preserved. At NAMI, we pledge to build on this momentum—to keep what works and make it better.

Everyone needs access to quality health care, so everyone has a voice in this debate. Make your voice stronger by joining the NAMI fight

NAMI HelpLine is available M-F, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. ET. Call 800-950-6264,
text “helpline” to 62640, or chat online. In a crisis, call or text 988 (24/7).