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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.

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.


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Understanding the Issue:

NAMI Comments on Medicaid Eligibility 10-31-11
11/08/2011

NAMI Comments to DHHS on IOM 10 11
10/27/2011
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

IOM Comments on Essential Benefits Package
12/07/2010
Read NAMI's comments to the Institute of Medicine on the Essential Benefits Package in Health Care Reform.

NAMI Comments on the Planning and Establishment of State-Level Exchanges
10/06/2010
Read comments provided by NAMI to the Department of Health & Human Services regarding state-level exchanges.

NAMI Comments on the Medicare Mental Health Inpatient Equity Act (HR 6143)
9/23/2010
Read submitted comments submitted by NAMI to Representative Paul Tonko in support of the Medicare Mental Health Inpatient Equity Act (HR 6143)

NAMI Comments on Preventive Services Requirements
9/17/2010
Read comments provided by NAMI on interim final rules for group health plans and health insurance issuers relating to coverage of preventetive services under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act


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Other Resources:

Behavioral Health Care in Health Care Reform Legislation
Read the report published by analyst, Ramya Sundararaman, on December 15, 2009 on behavioral health care in health care reform legislation.

Ask the Doctor Call on Health Care Reform
Download the presentation being made by Andrew Sperling for NAMIs Ask the Doctor call on October 23, 2009.

Progress Report on Health Reform Legislation
Andrew Sperling's presentation to NAMI grassroots leaders on Health Reform Legislation.

NAMI's Letter of Support for S. 1136
Read NAMI's letter in support for S. 1136, the Medicaid Emergency Psychiatric Care Demonstration Project Act of 2009.

NAMI's Letter of Support for HR 2502
Read NAMI's letter of support for HR 2502, the Comparative Effectiveness Research Act of 2009.

SAMHSA Provides a New Online Resource for Ideas and Discussion about Health System Reform
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has created a new place on its website www.samhsa.gov/healthreform for posting and exchanging ideas about the issues and opportunities surrounding the future shape of America’s health system – especially on how reform may affect mental health, substance abuse prevention and treatment services.

2008 Party Platform Excerpts: Health Care
A guide to how the Democratic and Republican party platforms compare on the issue of health care.



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