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Advocacy / 2015 Priorities
Background
News

Mental illnesses are the leading cause of disability and contribute to premature death. It's time to treat mental and substance abuse conditions as we do all other medical conditions.

Congress should:

  • Pass comprehensive mental health reform to help people get the right care at the right time. Learn more.
    • Cosponsor and pass the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R.2646) in the House.  Learn more.
  • Extend mental health parity to Medicare and Medicaid. Learn more.
    • Modify the "Institutions for Mental Disease" (IMD) exclusion (included in the House Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act.  
    • Eliminate the Medicare "190-day Lifetime Limit" (included in the President's FY2016 budget). 
  • Keep the Medicaid Emergency Psychiatric Demonstration alive.
    • Cosponsor and pass the Improving Access to Emergency Psychiatric Care Act of 2015 (S.599) introduced in the Senate to extend and expand the Medicaid Emergency Psychiatric Demonstration Project.  Learn more.
  • Support Medicare/Medicaid funding for health information technology.
    • As we transform health care, coordination of care requires the professionals who treat both mind and body to have equal access to health information technology.  Learn more.

 

Download the 2015 Advocacy Agenda.

 

Download a "talking points card" (what to tell your Senator and Representative).

 

Take action through the NAPHS Advocacy Action Center.

 

8/4/2015

NAPHS release: "NAPHS Applauds Introduction of Senate Legislation [the Mental Health Reform Act] to Address Nation’s Mental Health Crisis; Urges Congress to Pass Comprehensive Reform." See fact sheet from Sens. Murphy and Cassidy. 

7/22/2015

NAPHS comment letter to CMS on IMD exclusion provision in proposed rule on "Medicaid & Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Programs; Medicaid Managed Care, etc."

6/23/2015

NAPHS comment letter to CMS on proposed rule: "Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities PPS-Update for Fiscal Year Beginning October 1, 2015 (FY16)" (including IPFQR quality measures)

6/10/2015

Parity Implementation Coalition releases updated “Parity Resource Guide.” See PIC news release

6/9/2015

NAPHS comment letter to CMS on proposed rule on "Mental Health Parity for Medicaid and CHIP"

6/5/2015

NAPHS statement on Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, H.R. 2646 ("NAPHS Commends Rep. Tim Murphy for Bipartisan Reintroduction of Legislation to Address the Nation’s Mental Health Emergency"), See fact sheet on bill.

3/16/2015

2015 Advocacy Priorities: 1) Pass comprehensive mental health reform (cosponsor and pass the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act in the House) 2) Keep the Medicaid Emergency Psychiatric Demonstration alive (cosponsor and pass S.599); 3) Extend mental health parity to Medicare and Medicaid; and 4) Support funding for health information technology.

2/26/2015

S.599, the Improving Access to Emergency Psychiatric Care Act introduced by Sens. Ben Cardin (D-MD), Patrick Toomey (R-PA), and Susan Collins (R-ME) to extend and expand the Medicaid Emergency Psychiatric Demonstration. See Congressional Record statement on S.599 by Sen. Cardin (scroll down to pages S1168-S1170).

12/15/2014

Parity Implementation Coalition news release: "Parity Implementation Coalition Seeks Federal Action on Parity in Response to 60 Minutes Report." Watch 60 Minutes.

3/31/2014

NAPHS comment letter to CMS proposed rule on "Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers"

3/26/2014

NAPHS release: "Millions of Disabled and Poor Americans Encounter Discrimination When They Face Mental or Addictive Disorders, Says NAPHS; NAPHS Applauds House Oversight Hearing on Challenges Facing Families in Mental Health Crisis."

3/26/2014

NAPHS letter submitted to House Energy and Commerce Oversight Committee hearing on “Where Have All the Patients Gone? Examining the Psychiatric Bed Shortage.”

3/10/2014

NAPHS release: “There is no health without mental health,”says NAPHS Board. Board urges Congress to 1) end discrimination; 2) fix gaps in the mental health and addiction treatment system; and 3) support health information technology funding.

3/10/2014

2014 Advocacy Priorities: 1) End discrimination (modify the Medicaid IMD exclusion); 2) Fix gaps (support H.R.3717); 3) Support Medicare/Medicaid funding for health information technology.

12/12/2013

NAPHS statement: "NAPHS Applauds Rep. Tim Murphy for Introduction of Comprehensive Mental Health Reform Legislation; Dialogue on Tough Challenges Will Help Advance Policy Changes"

11/8/2013

NAPHS release: "Final Rule Governing the Federal Mental Health and Substance Use Parity Law Adds Important Health Insurance Protections for All Americans, Says NAPHS." See final rule.

11/8/2013

Departments of Labor, HHS, and Treasury: "FAQS About ACA (Part XVII) and Parity Implementation"

11/8/2013

HHS study: "Consistency of Large Employer and Group Health Plan Benefits with Requirements of the Paul Wellstone annd Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act"

9/20/2013

NAPHS comment letter responding to Senate Finance Committee open letter seeking input on how to improve the US mental health system

8/1/2013

CMS Notice: "Medicare Program; Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Prospective Payment System - Update for Fiscal Year Beginning October 1, 2013 (FY 2014)." 

6/24/2013

NAPHS comment letter to CMS: "Medicare: ....Quality Reporting Requirements for Specific Providers (CMS-1599-P)"

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