Advocacy, education, and political action are the core activities of the NAADAC Public Policy Department.
As the new Presidential Administration begins to lay out its federal legislative agenda, NAADAC will assess how this will inform and influence our major advocacy priorities in the near future. NAADAC continues to focus on the following initiatives:
- Ensuring that the Affordable Care Act is not repealed until there is a substantive replacement that meets the needs of those with substance use and co-occurring disorders and that insurance parity for substance use and co-occurring disorders are fairly and effectively implemented and monitored.
- Growing and developing the addiction professional workforce in the 21st century.
- Increasing federal funding levels for addiction prevention, treatment, recovery, and research programs.
NAADAC believes that advocacy is the lifeblood of securing and sustaining the addiction profession and uses the following list of components as tools to empower addiction-focused professionals and educate policymakers:
Without the dedicated advocates who empower the profession, our members and their clients will not have a voice.
What is public policy? It is a body of laws, plans, actions, and behaviors of a government and in this case, NAADAC, that reflect the attitudes and rules selected for the good of the substance use disorder/addiction clients, their families and the addiction professionals who serve them.
Why is public policy important to the addiction professional? Public policy is the vehicle through which we can ensure the work of addiction-focused professionals is sustained and secured through funding, education/training, and other supportive systems.
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.