National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)Perspectives Thursday, June 30th, 2011
On behalf of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), I am writing to express our support for the Medicare Decisions Accountability Act (HR 452). NAMI is the nation’s largest organization representing children and adults living with serious mental illnesses. Through education, support and advocacy, NAMI and its over 1,100 state and local organizations work to meet the needs of people living with mental illness and their families.
As an organization that advocates on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries living with serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression, NAMI is extremely concerned about the structure and authority granted the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) in the Affordable Care Act. As you know, the new law also includes efforts to rein in long-term health care spending through payment system reforms such as accountable care organizations (ACOs), payment bundling and efforts to better coordinate care for vulnerable individuals that are dually eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. NAMI supports these efforts to place health care spending on a sustainable path going forward. READ FULL ARTICLE