2020 Advocacy

Nearly 20% of Americans experience a mental illness or substance use disorder. This year 45,000 Americans will die by suicide, 63,000 will die from drug overdoses and 100,000 more will have their first episode of psychosis. This is why we advocate, and who we advocate for.

Please click here to see our 2020 Advocacy Priorities.

Removing Barriers to Care

Congress should eliminate outdated federal rules blocking access to cost-effective treatments.

Combating the Opioid Crisis

Congress should increase access to substance use disorder treatment.

Expanding the Behavioral Health Workforce

Congress should expand the mental health and substance use disorder workforce.

CEO Update

  • CEO Update 111

    NABH and Other Healthcare Advocacy Groups Provide Feedback on Latest Covid-19 Legislation NABH this week weighed in on issues specific to behavioral healthcare providers in the $1 trillion Covid-19 stimulus package that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) released on Monday, July 27. Referred to collectively as the HEALS Act, the legislation includes a total of eight ... Read more
  • CEO Update 110

    HHS Extends Coronavirus Public Health Emergency On Thursday, July 23, HHS Secretary Alex Azar extended the public health emergency determination regarding Covid-19. Public health emergencies last for 90 days.  As a result, emergency authorities are extended to late October. HHS Extends Medicaid/CHIP Provider Relief Deadline and Announces Additional Hotspot Funding HHS extended to Monday, August 3, the deadline for ... Read more
  • CEO Update 109

    FCC Designates 988 as Three-Digit Number for National Suicide Prevention Hotline The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) this week adopted rules to establish 988 as the new, nationwide, three-digit phone number for Americans in crisis to connect with suicide prevention and mental health crisis counselors. All phone service providers are required to direct all 988 calls to the ... Read more
  • CEO Update 108

    HHS Plans to Extend Covid-19 Public Health Emergency HHS has signaled it will extend the Covid-19 public health emergency before it expires on July 25. The news was reported via Twitter on June 29 from HHS spokesman Michael Caputo, who noted that the department has renewed the public health emergency once before. After it is extended, the public ... Read more

Latest Content

HHS Extends Deadline for Provider Relief Funding Until Aug. 28

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) extended the deadline to Friday, Aug. 28 from Monday, Aug. 3 for healthcare providers who participate in Medicaid and CHIP to apply to the Provider Relief Fund established in the Coronavirus Aid,…

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Wit v. UnitedHealthcare Hearing Delayed to Wednesday, Sept. 2

The remedies hearing in the Wit v. UnitedHealthcare case scheduled for this week has been delayed to Wednesday, Sept. 2. NABH has learned that U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero has re-scheduled the hearing due to meetings related to Covid-19.…

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CMS Announces 2.2% Payment Update and Scope-in-Practice Changes for 2021

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will update the Medicare payment rate for the Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Prospective Payment System (IPF PPS) by 2.2% in Fiscal Year (FY) 2021, the agency announced in a final rule late Friday.…

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