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September 18, 2018

9/14/2018

In partnership with the Association for Community Affiliated Plans and other organizations, NAMI filed suit today to invalidate the federal short-term, limited duration (STLD) insurance plan rule issued last month by three federal agencies. The legal challenge seeks a temporary injunction against the recently issued STLD rule, which would expand the availability of plans that do not have to provide coverage for mental heatlh and substance use services or comply with mental health parity.

These short-term, limited duration Read More

    NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, was created based on the foundation of family involvement and through our years of experience, we believe that strong family support is vital to a child’s long-term mental health.

    The forced separation of families is highly stressful and can result in trauma—and these separations can profoundly impact children who do not yet have a mental health condition, as well as those who are experiencing symptoms, Read More

    A bill moving through the state legislature is targeting individuals and families who rely on Medicaid. If it passes, people could lose coverage. House Bill 2138 calls for work requirements, lockout periods, eligibility determinations, and eligibility bans. Our partners at the Pennsylvania Health Access Network put together this graphic showing how HB 2138 could negatively impact you or your loved one.

    Work requirements for Medicaid are unnecessary and cruel. Contact your Pennsylvania State Senator NOW and ask them to VOTE NO on HB Read More

    NAMI has long fought for mental health parity—covering mental health and addition care at the same level as other health care. But despite the passage of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) in 2008, millions of Americans were still not covered by parity law.

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) brought federal parity protections to individual and small group health plans, but new threats would weaken important insurance protections for people with mental illness. On June 13th, NAMI released Read More

    In recent days, there has been a lot of rhetoric by the President and the NRA about “crazy people” and a desire to return to the days of the “institutions.” These comments reinforce inaccurate and negative stereotypes and create barriers to having real conversations about how to improve the mental health services that lead to recovery and participation in American society by people experiencing mental health conditions.

    The National Alliance on Mental Illness fights for a more understanding and accepting world Read More

    Many people can experience feelings of anxiety or depression during the holiday season. People who already live with a mental health condition should take extra care to tend to their overall health and wellness during this time.

    Extra stress, unrealistic expectations or even sentimental memories that accompany the season can be a catalyst for the holiday blues. Some can be at risk for feelings of loneliness, sadness, fatigue, tension and a sense of loss.

    A lot of seasonal factors can trigger the Read More

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