If you have a story, you have the power to influence policymakers.
Policy change is one major way we can make a difference in the lives of people living with mental health conditions and their families. NAMI advocates for an array of issues including:
Protecting people’s access to treatment and services
Attaining mental health parity
Securing better funding for research
We maintain an active presence in the U.S. Capitol on priority issues with relationships on both sides of the aisle. NAMI also has a strong presence in all 50 states, advocating for state laws,
as well as county and local policies that will ensure that people get the help they need.
Throughout the year, we’ve
asked Congress to stop health reform efforts that would hurt Americans with mental illness—and we’ve urged them to forge bipartisan solutions to stabilize the
health insurance markets. We have good news: Congress listened.
Senators Lamar Alexander
(R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) announced a bipartisan agreement to help keep insurance markets sound and more affordable. If this bill passes, it will help protect mental
health coverage for Americans with mental illness.
The Alexander-Murray bill will
strengthen and stabilize the health care system, reducing the risk of sharp premium increases and lack of insurance options. It maintains important
cost-sharing reduction (CSR) subsidies and financial assistance, which help low- and middle-income people pay for out-of-pocket costs and insurance