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Urge Legislators to Fund Mental Health and Addiction Organizations that work with underserved populations, including Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.

Community-based organizations providing services addressing mental health and addiction have historically served some of our most vulnerable populations, including Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders who are often isolated due to language and cultural barriers.  Funding has always been an issue and CBOs were already struggling to meet the growing demand for services, even before COVID-19.  Unfortunately this pandemic has substantially increased the isolation, anxiety, fear, depression and grief that triggered old traumas for many AANHPIs and has resulted in a decline in their overall mental health and increase in their substance use.  

 

NAAPIMHA strongly urges you to contact your member of Congress to support an emergency appropriation of $38.5 billion for providers of mental health and addiction treatment services.  Never has the need to support these services been greater.  Taking action now can have a profound impact on the system’s ability to meet the needs of our communities and prevent further emotional trauma.  Providing culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health services is not a partisan issue.  Please take action today – Call your representative!

Contact  the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC)

Mental Health Legislation to Support

Sponsor:

Rep. Chu, Judy [D-CA-27] (Introduced 05/25/2017)

Committees:

House - Energy and Commerce

 

Latest Action:

House - 05/26/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.  (All Actions)

 

Purpose:

To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for behavioral and mental health outreach and education strategies to reduce stigma associated with mental health among the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander population.  NAAPIMHA encourages the use of a whole health, public health approach that incorporates the impact of culture and language as key to eliminating stigma. 

Sponsor:

Rep. Porter, Katie [D-CA-45] (Introduced 06/10/2019)

Committees:

House - Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means; Education and Labor

Latest Action:

House - 06/30/2020 Subcommittee Hearings Held.  (All Actions)

Purpose:

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (federal parity law) was enacted in 2008 and requires insurance coverage for mental health conditions, including substance use disorders, to be no more restrictive than insurance coverage for other medical conditions. Insurers and health plans have been able to comply with the more straightforward aspects of the law that relate to cost sharing and numerical limits on treatment (like annual inpatient day limits). However, some plans have struggled to meet the more complex components of the law that govern how they design and apply managed care practices such as prior authorization, reimbursement rate setting, and network design, among many others.

The Mental Health Parity Compliance Act would allow regulators to see inside health insurance plans to determine if they are complying with the federal parity law by giving patients with mental health and substance use disorders access to coverage equal to that which medical patients receive.

Sponsor:

Sen. Alexander, Lamar [R-TN] (Introduced 06/19/2019)

 

Committees:

Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

 

Committee Meetings:

06/26/19 10:30AM

 

Latest Action:

Senate - 07/08/2019 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 133.  (All Actions)

 

Purpose:

This bill makes a series of changes relating to health care coverage, costs, and services. Among other things, the bill

  • applies in-network cost-sharing requirements to certain emergency and related nonemergency services that are provided out-of-network, and prohibits health care facilities and practitioners from billing above the applicable in-network cost-sharing rate for such services;

  • revises certain requirements in order to expedite the approval of generics and biosimilars, including requirements relating to citizen petitions, application effective dates, and labeling;

  • requires health care facilities and practitioners to give patients a list of provided services upon discharge and to bill for such services within 45 days;

  • limits prices that pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) may charge health insurers or enrollees for prescription drugs, based on prices paid by PBMs to pharmacies;

  • establishes grant programs to support vaccinations and data modernization; and

  • requires health insurers to make certain information, including estimated out-of-pocket costs, accessible to enrollees through specified technology (e.g., mobile applications).

 

The bill also makes several additional changes relating to public health, including raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21.

Sponsor:

Rep. Chu, Judy [D-CA-27] (Introduced 05/23/2019)

Committees:

House - Education and Labor

Latest Action:

House - 05/23/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.  (All Actions)

 

This bill directs the Department of Education (ED) to award grants to partnerships between educational agencies and graduate institutions to increase the number of school-based mental-health services providers employed by low-income local educational agencies (LEAs).

Grant funds may be used for specified purposes, including to provide student-loan forgiveness and tuition credits and to support recruitment, hiring, and training.

In addition, ED shall establish a program to provide student-loan forgiveness for individuals who (1) are not, and have never been, participants in the grant program established by the bill; and (2) have been employed by low-income LEAs for five or more consecutive school years as mental-health services providers.

Sponsor:

Rep. Napolitano, Grace F. [D-CA-32] (Introduced 02/08/2019)

Committees:

House - Energy and Commerce

Latest Action:

House - 06/30/2020 Subcommittee Hearings Held.  (All Actions)

Purpose:

To amend the Public Health Service Act to revise and extend projects relating to children and to provide access to school-based comprehensive mental health programs.

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