|Current Policy News
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.
NAMI Washington State Comments on PCORI
Read testimony from Washington State on the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute
What the Debt Limit Agreement Means for People Living With Serious Mental Illness
Learn about the provisions the debt limit agreement before Congress and how funding changes affect people living with serious mental illness.
New Priced Out Report Released
The Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC) and the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Housing Task Force have released the ‘Priced Out in 2010’ study which demonstrates that the national average rent for a modestly priced one-bedroom apartment is greater than the entire Supplemental Security Income (SSI) of a person living with a disability. Read further...
NAMI Comments on Medicaid Funded Home and Community-based Services
The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) is proposing a new rule which will affect Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) waivers under section 1915(c) of the Social Security Act. Read NAMI's comments to CMS.
Funding Levels for Final FY 2011 “Continuing Resolution”
Mental Health Services at Stake for Current Budget Year
A government shutdown looms, as the “continuing resolution” for the current federal budget is set to expire on midnight April 8, 2011. What’s at stake? Current proposals for fiscal year 2011 include significant cuts to research, services and housing for children and adults living with serious mental illness. Take Action.
NAMI Opposes Medicaid Block Grant
The draft budget resolution introduced on April 5th by House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) would result in major reductions in future federal spending on Medicaid and convert the program from a federal entitlement to a block grant to the states. Read more.
The Fiscal 2011 "Continuing Resolution"
As of March 7, 2011, Congress has yet to pass operating budgets for nearly all federal discrtionary programs. Read details on the House-passed "continuing resolution" and the Senate-proposed bill.
Massive Cuts Loom for Federal Mental Health and Housing Programs
The White House unveiled the President’s budget proposal for FY 2012 requesting modest increases for mental illness research and services, as well as veterans housing programs.
Federal Budget and Spending Take Center Stage
Federal discretionary spending will come clearly into focus as President Obama unveils his FY 2012 budget and Congress moves forward on omnibus spending legislation for the remaining months of the current fiscal year (FY 2011).
Congres Moves toward Final Adjournment in Passing "Continuing Resolution"
The 111th Congress is expected to reach final adjournment today in passing the "Continuing Resolution," extending current spending levels through March, 2011.
Senate Set to Vote on FY 2011 “Omnibus” Spending Bill
The Senate is expected to vote as soon as today on an FY 2011 “omnibus” spending bill that integrates 12 separate spending bills that would fund most federal agencies through the end of the current fiscal year (September 20, 2011).