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Health Care Reform

The federal health care reform law, known as the Affordable Care Act or ACA, has many aspects that could impact significantly on access to mental health and health care for people of all ages living with mental illness. The materials and resources listed below are intended to help you better understand the laws and its potential impact. New materials and resources are under construction and will be added to the site in coming months.

Insurance for Mental Health Care

Understanding the Issues

Fact Sheets

Policy Webinars & Presentations


1. Building a Relationship between Medicaid, the Exchange and the Individual Insurance Market
2. County Jails and the Affordable Care Act: Enrolling Eligible Individuals in Health Coverage
3. How I Helped Create A Flawed Mental Health System That’s Failed Millions—And My Son

HHS Announces Funding to Help Seniors, People Living with Disabilities Access Long-Term Services & Supports The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced $25 million in funding under the Affordable Care Act to help states provide home and community-based long-term services and supports to seniors and people living with disabilities.

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.

Testimony, Comments and Advocacy Letters

NAMI Medicaid EHB Comments Read comments to Ms. Marilyn Tavenner, Acting Administrator at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on the proposed rule for Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Programs, and Exchanges: Essential Health Benefits in Alternative Benefit Plans, Eligibility Notices, Fair Hearing and Appeal Processes for Medicaid and Exchange Eligibility Appeals and Other Provisions Related to Eligibility and Enrollment for Exchanges, Medicaid and CHIP, and Medicaid Premiums and Cost Sharing.

NAMI Final EHB Comments

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.

Essential Health Benefits Sign-On Letter Read comments to Secretary Sebelius on the Essential Health Benefits Package.

NAMI Comments to DHHS on IOM 10 11 Read NAMI's Comments to the Department of Health and Human Services listening Session on the Institute of Medicine Recommendations on Essential Health Benefits Under the Affordable Care Act

NAMI Comments to the Institute of Medicine on the “Essential Benefits Package” in Health Care Reform 12-7-10

NAMI Comments on Exchanges 10-31-11

NAMI Comments on Medicaid Eligibility 10-31-11

Accountable Care Organizations The Affordable Care Act establishes Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) as a new type of provider within the Medicare program. Read comments submitted by NAMI and proposed federal ACO rules.

NAMI Comments on the Planning and Establishment of State-Level Exchanges 10-6-10

NAMI Comments on the Medicare Mental Health Inpatient Equity Act (HR 6143) 9-23-10

NAMI Comments on Preventitive Services Requirements

NAMI Comments on Rule Pertaining to Grandfathered Status

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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.

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