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HealthCare.gov is OPEN: How to buy safely

November 2, 2018 11:56 am : Advocacy, Blog
On Nov. 1, HealthCare.gov started its annual enrollment period for health insurance. If you don’t have health care coverage or you just need to renew your plan, make time to review your health plan options before open enrollment ends on December 15. Some health plans may deny coverage for pre-existing conditions or don’t cover mental ... read more»

ADVOCACY ALERT from the National Council for Behavioral Health’s Capitol Connector: 32 States Get A Failing Grade on Parity

October 5, 2018 12:39 pm : Advocacy, Blog
Excerpt: “This week marks the 10th anniversary of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA)—the federal parity law that requires that mental health and substance use disorder treatment services to be covered by insurance the same way as medical and surgical services. While gains in behavioral health coverage have been made, many individuals ... read more»

ADVOCACY ALERT: Please oppose the Mississippi Medicaid Workforce Training Initiative 1115 Demonstration Application

August 10, 2018 1:29 pm : Advocacy, Blog
As you might know, Mississippi has submitted an updated proposal to add a work requirement to the state’s Medicaid program. Federal comments on this proposal are due by August 18. NAMI is opposed to work requirements and has submitted comments on work requirement proposals from other states. We have drafted the attached letter here articulating ... read more»

Upcoming Webinar: Is Parity at Risk in Your State?

June 18, 2018 10:04 am : Advocacy, Blog
From NAMI: Is Mental Health Parity at Risk in Your State? Wednesday, June 20, 2018 3:00:00 PM CDT – 4:00:00 PM CDT On June 13, NAMI released a report, Mental Health Parity at Risk: Deregulating the Individual Market and the Impact on Mental Health Coverage. Written by researchers at Georgetown University, the report reviews the ... read more»

New NAMI Report: Mental Health Parity at Risk

June 14, 2018 1:37 pm : Advocacy, Blog
On Wednesday, June 13, NAMI released a report, Mental Health Parity at Risk. The report, written by researchers at Georgetown University, highlights how badly health insurance plans treated people with mental illness before the Affordable Care Act (ACA). For the first time, comprehensive data has been gathered showing barriers and gaps in mental health and ... read more»

NAMI’s Role in Promoting Research on Serious Mental Illness

June 8, 2018 10:20 am : Advocacy, Blog
On June 7, the Treatment Advocacy Center released a paper entitled “Why NIMH Should Not Stop New Drug Trials for Schizophrenia,” which is available at http://www.treatmentadvocacycenter.org/evidence-and-research/learn-more-about/4009. This brief contends that the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is phasing out support of drug trials for schizophrenia. NAMI’s role in promoting research on serious mental illness ... read more»

Public Policy Update: Mental Health Caregivers

May 29, 2018 3:57 pm : Advocacy, Blog
Hello, advocates! This week, it’s our last time to highlight the NAMI public policy guidelines and how Mississippi is making progress in these areas. The complete public policy can be seen here. This week, we’re discussing objective #6: support mental health caregivers.  About 3 out of 4 of the estimated 8.4 million Americans who provide care to an adult ... read more»

Children’s Mental Health System and Supportive Housing Options

May 3, 2018 8:46 am : Advocacy, Blog
Hello, advocates! Over the next few weeks, we will continue to highlight the NAMI public policy guidelines and how Mississippi is making progress in these areas. The complete public policy can be seen here. This week, we’re discussing objective #3 and 4: enhance the children’s mental health system and provide people with mental illness with supportive housing options.   ... read more»

Spring 2018 Advocacy Update

April 18, 2018 10:32 am : Advocacy, Blog
 – by Lauren Parker, Mental Health Advocacy & Public Policy Intern Advocacy is important all year round, but a special emphasis is always placed on it during our state legislative sessions. The 2018 Legislative Session began in January and ended on March 28th, and mental health was a big topic. Several bills that NAMI advocated for, ... read more»

Mental Health Care for Veterans: Public Policy Updates

April 16, 2018 3:48 pm : Advocacy, Blog
Hello, advocates! Over the next few weeks, we will continue to highlight the NAMI public policy guidelines and how Mississippi is making progress in these areas. The complete public policy can be seen here. This week, we’re discussing objective #2: address the mental health needs of veterans.  1) NAMI and the Veterans Health Administration signed a Memorandum of Understanding ... read more»

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