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Advocacy
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:

  • End discrimination that prevents peopel from getting the right care at the right time.
    • Adults ages 21-64 with Medicaid don't have coverage for short-term, acute care in psychiatric hospitals because of the "Institution for Mental Disease" exclusion.  Learn more.

 

  • Fix gaps in the mental health addiction treatment system.
    • People experiencing a mental health or addiction crisis cannot access the right treatment at the rigth time, putting families and communities at risk.  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 2014 Advocacy Agenda.

Take action through the NAPHS Advocacy Action Center.

 

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)"

3/4/2013

Medicare and Medicaid briefing

2/26/2013

Medicare 190-Day Lifetime Limit briefing

2/26/2013

Medicare 190-Day Lifetime Limit briefing

2/26/2013

Information Technology briefing

2/6/2013

2013 NAPHS Advocacy Agenda

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