NAMI Applauds Supreme Court
Decision to Uphold ACA
Access to timely and effective treatment and support for individuals with a mental illness is a crucial element in leading a full and productive life, paying taxes and contributing to society. Yet, individuals with mental illness have historically found private health insurance to be costly, hard to get, hard to keep and limited in its mental health benefits. With the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the establishment of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, Maryland Health Connection, 460,000 Marylanders have acquired insurance since 2013, without limitations such as excluding coverage for previously existing conditions.
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NAMI'S Support for the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act
As many of you know, NAMI has taken a position on the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (HR 2646). NAMI reviewed the legislation, scrutinized each provision and has submitted a letter of support to Representatives Tim Murphy(R-PA) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) indicating their appreciation for their leadership and their commitment to work to pass comprehensive mental health legislation.
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Institutions for Mental Disease
The Institutions for Mental Disease (IMD) Exclusion Waiver is an important issue for NAMI and NAMI Maryland. CMS phased out the IMDs in 20016. However, the Affordable Care Act established a three-year Medicaid emergency psychiatric demonstration project that permitted non-government psychiatric hospitals to receive Medicaid payment for providing emergency services, to "Medicaid recipients aged 21 to 64 who expressed suicidal or homicidal thoughts or gestures, and who are determined to be dangerous to themselves or others". Maryland was selected as one of 11 states, along with the District of Columbia, to participate in the three-year demonstration project. The IMD exclusion waiver sunsets in December, 2015.
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