E-News Advocacy IssueJuly 2015
In This Issue
2015 NAMI Maryland Annual Conference 

Registration is now open for the 2015 NAMI Maryland Education Conference, October 16-17 at the Conference Center at Sheppard-Pratt in Towson. Featuring over 35 workshops and 20 exhibitors, this conference will provide practical, skill-building session for a wide range of audiences.
Click HERE for more information and to register.   
Sponsorship opportunities are available HERE.
If you are interested in seeing the kinds of workshops that may be offered, click HERE to view some of the 2014 presentations..

Even though the 2015 NAMIWalks Maryland happened in May, we are still not finished! Donations to the walk can still be made through July 16.  Help us surpass $200,000.00 by then!
We can do it!
Click HERE to make a donation today. 

Curious about the proposed health insurance increase in Maryland?

Read more about it in THIS op-ed by the Maryland Women's Coalition for Health Care Reform and the Maryland Hospital Association.
NAMI Applauds Supreme Court 
Decision to Uphold ACA


statehouse 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.


To read the full article, click HERE.

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.


To read the full article and find out how to give your input on the bill, please click HERE.

Institutions for Mental Disease 

Exclusion Waiver


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.


Click HERE to read the full article.