LEGISLATIVE POSITIONS

November 14, 2007

MENTAL HEALTH PARITY ACT OF 2007

AGPA was included on a list of 271 organizations supporting the Mental Health Parity Act of 2007.

 

September 20, 2007

PAUL WELLSTONE MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS EQUITY ACT

AGPA was included on a list of 225 organizations supporting the Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addictions Equity Act.

 

September 6, 2007

STATE CHILDREN’S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM (SCHIP)

Letter expressing gratitude and support for mental health provisions in the House and Senate-passed bills that reauthorize and give needed improvements to the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).

 

August 30, 2007

  1. 1852, THE “STOP SENIOR SUICIDE ACT”

Letter supporting the legislation recently introduced, S. 1854, the “Stop Senior Suicide Act.”

 

July 17, 2007

PRIVACY AND SECURITY OF INDIVIDUAL HEALTH RECORDS

Letter to Senate Leadership on concern about the need for privacy and security of individual health records as the development of a national interoperable health information technology (HIT) infrastructure moves forward.

 

June 29, 2007

MANAGER’S AMENDMENT TO S. 558, THE MENTAL HEALTH PARITY ACT OF 2007

Letter supporting the manager’s amendment to S. 558, the Mental Health Parity Act of 2007, legislation  with the goal of relieving insurance discrimination against people in need of mental or substance use disorder services.

 

June 8, 2007

GARRETT LEE SMITH MEMORIAL ACT

Support (S. 1514/H.R. 2511) to reauthorize the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act which works toward suicide prevention and early intervention among youth.

 

June 7, 2007

CHILD HEALTH CARE CRISIS RELIEF ACT

Letter expressing support for the Child Health Care Crisis Relief Act. This legislation addresses the national shortage of children’s mental health professionals, including school-based professionals, by encouraging more individuals to enter these critical fields.

 

May 29, 2007

CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH PARITY ACT (S.1337)

Letter commending the introduction of “Children’s Mental Health Parity Act” (S. 1337) to require equitable coverage of mental health services in the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).

 

April 23, 2007

H.R. 1663, “THE MEDICARE MENTAL HEALTH MODERNIZATION ACT OF 2007″

Support H.R. 1663, “The Medicare Mental Health Modernization Act of 2007”, which will ensure Medicare beneficiaries have adequate access to effective mental health treatments.

 

March 7, 2007

STATE CHILDREN’S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM

Urging that the State Children’s Health Insurance Program provide equitable coverage of mental health services, which are key components of the full range of services needed for healthy childhood development.

 

January 24, 2007

KEEPING FAMILIES TOGETHER ACT

Supporting the Keeping Families Together Act which responds to the growing crisis in children’s mental health by addressing a fragmented service system. The act provides grants to states to establish interagency systems of care for children and adolescents with serious mental and emotional disorders.

 

December 5, 2006

TERRY CLINE NOMINATION FOR SAMHSA

Supporting the nomination of Terry L. Cline, Ph.D., of Oklahoma for Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

 

September 11, 2006

PSYCHOLOGICAL KEVLAR ACT

Supporting the Psychological Kevlar Act which represents an important step in addressing the unmet mental health and addiction needs of military service-members returning from the Middle East by increasing and improving education, prevention, screening and treatment activities.

 

June 14, 2006

POSITIVE AGING ACT

Supporting inclusion of vital mental health provisions of the Positive Aging Act in the bill to reauthorize the Older Americans Act, which would make mental health screening available and accessible to older Americans.

 

June 14, 2006

SENIOR INDEPENDENCE ACT

Urging the inclusion of the mental health language proposed by Representative Danny Davis in the Senior Independence Act, the bill to reauthorize the Older Americans Act, which would make mental health screening available and accessible to older Americans.

 

May 9, 2006

SMALL EMPLOYERS HEALTH BENEFITS PROGRAM ACT

Support for the Small Employers Health Benefits Program (SEHBP) Act, which makes insurance for small purchasers more affordable by providing for shared insurance risk through a large nationwide pool.

 

April 12, 2006

HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE MODERNIZATION AND AFFORDABILITY ACT

Expressing opposition to the Health Insurance Marketplace Modernization and Affordability Act of 2005, which would preempt state insurance laws in the small, individual and large group markets.

 

March 7, 2006

HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE MODERNIZATION AND AFFORDABILITY ACT

Expressing opposition to the Health Insurance Marketplace Modernization and Affordability Act of 2005, which would preempt state insurance laws in the small, individual and large group markets.

 

January 3, 2006

WELLSTONE MENTAL HEALTH EQUITABLE TREATMENT ACT

AGPA was included on a list of 344 organizations supporting the Paul Wellstone Mental Health Equitable Treatment Act.

 

December 16, 2005

DEFICIT REDUCTION ACT

Urging Congress to include in the final version of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 a vital provision to protect Medicaid beneficiaries’ access to antipsychotic and antidepressant medications.

 

November 15, 2005

PRIVACY OF HEALTH RECORDS

Alert these ranking members to ongoing concerns about the need to ensure privacy of individual health records as the development of a national interoperable health information technology (HIT) infrastructure moves forward.

 

October 14, 2005

MENTAL HEALTH PARITY LEGISLATION

Urging Congress to use the lessons learned from the aftermath of natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and pass mental health parity legislation which would end continuing discriminatory health insurance practices that arbitrarily deny people needed mental health treatment.

 

September 14, 2005

MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM INCREASED FUNDING

Urging maintenance of the highest-approved funding increases for mental health programs as the final appropriation bill was negotiated.

 

June 1, 2005

POSITIVE AGING ACT

Support for the “Positive Aging Act of 2004,” which makes health services for older adults an integral part of primary care services in community settings and extends them to other settings where seniors reside and receive services.

 

May 26, 2005

MEDICARE MENTAL HEALTH COPAYMENT EQUITY ACT

Support for the Medicare Mental Health Copayment Equity Act, which reduces the discriminatory 50% coinsurance for outpatient mental health care over six years to 20%, bringing the coinsurance in line with that required of beneficiaries for other Part B services.

 

May 17, 2005

KEEPING FAMILIES TOGETHER ACT

Support for the Keeping Families Together Act, which establishes a state family support grant program to end the tragedy of parents needing to relinquish legal custody of their children to state agencies for the sole purpose of obtaining mental health services for their children.

 

April 25, 2005

MEDICARE MENTAL HEALTH MODERNIZATION ACT

Support for the Medicare Mental Health Modernization Act of 2005, which addresses the deficiencies in the Medicare mental health benefit which keeps it from meeting the treatment needs of millions of beneficiaries suffering from mental and emotional disorders.

 

March 14, 2005

OPPOSITION TO EXEMPTION OF AHPs FROM STATE LEGISLATION

Expressing opposition to legislation that would exempt association health plans (AHPs) from state legislation.

 

March 3, 2005

MENTAL HEALTH COPAYMENT EQUITY ACT

Support for the Medicare Mental Health Copayment Equity Act, which reduces the discriminatory 50% coinsurance for outpatient mental health care over six years to 20%, bringing the coinsurance into line with that required of Medicare beneficiaries for other Part B services.

 

March 3, 2005

CHILD CRISIS RELIEF ACT

Support for the Child Health Care Crisis Relief Act, which addresses the national shortage of children’s mental health professionals by encouraging more individuals to enter this critical field