Advocacy, education and political action are the core activities of the NAADAC Public Policy Department.
- In Congress we work closely with members and their staffs to advance legislation that promotes access to effective, science-based, clinically appropriate care for all who suffer from addictive disease.
- With the administration and key federal agencies like the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) we advocate for the application of public policies that will strengthen our profession and benefit the patients we serve.
- In coalition with other associations and national organizations we educate and inform the public and our leaders on the addiction issues that impact one in four Americans.
Public policy issues discussed on this page include: Privacy and Health Information Systems, SAMSHA Reauthorization, Health Care Reform, Insurance Parity, Health Information Technology and Veterans' Affairs.
January 2011 Health Reform Implementation Update (From the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare)
The implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continued this month with several changes that went into effect as of January 1, 2011.
These changes include:
- Medicaid Health Homes State Option: States may now amend their Medicaid programs to provide chronic disease management, including behavioral health services, to targeted Medicaid beneficiaries through health homes. Click here for the National Council’s synopsis of the program requirements.
- Closing the Donut Hole: Pharmaceutical companies will provide a 50% discount on brand-name drugs for Medicare beneficiaries who reach the donut hole in 2011. Click here for our fact sheet with more information about closing the donut hole.
- Free Medicare Preventive Benefits: Certain preventive benefits in Medicare, including annual wellness visits, are now available without a co-pay. Click for more.
- Primary Care Payment Increase: A 10% increase in Medicare payments for primary care went into effect Jan. 1. Click for more.
- Minimum Medical Loss Ratio: Insurance companies must now spend at least 80-85% of consumers’ premiums on paying for patient care, rather than administrative costs or profit. Click for more.
- Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation: The new Center is tasked with examining delivery system and payment reforms that will save money and improve the quality of care. Click for more.
- Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS): CLASS is a voluntary, long-term care insurance program for the purchase of home- and community-based services by individuals with functional impairments. Click for more.