Get Out and Vote

Mental Health Care gets my VOTE! What do YOUR candidates know about mental illness?

For those who do not receive NAMI‘s Advocacy Update, here is their email dated 10/27/14 verbatim (just copied and pasted) just in time for the US elections, the Affordable Care Act’s HealthCare.gov open enrollment (11/15 – 2/15), and Medicare Part D open enrollment.

NAMI National Alliance on Mental Illness ADVOCACY UPDATE

Make Your Vote Count Today’s candidates will become tomorrow’s elected officials, with the power to make important decisions. As voters concerned about mental health care, it is critical that you learn about issues, educate candidates about the importance of mental health, and use your vote to elect representatives that will help improve mental health care in this country. Ask the important questions. Know what your voting rights and options are. Educate the candidates that mental health is a priority. Tell your candidates that “Mental Health Care Gets My Vote!”

Health Coverage Open Enrollment Starts Nov. 15  

It’s that time again! Open enrollment for health coverage is Nov. 15 through Feb. 15, 2015. New affordable plans are available, so if you do not have insurance or you need to re-enroll check out HealthCare.gov to see your options.

Things to keep in mind when choosing your health plan. Make sure:

  1. Your mental health provider is in your network.
  2. Your mental health medications are covered by your plan.
  3. That your plan is affordable, which can mean low co-pays, low co-insurance and low deductibles.

Learn more about the cross section of mental health care and the health insurance marketplace.

Bonus Read: Learn about how the Affordable Care Act is impacting the Criminal Justice System.

Medicare Part D 2015 Open Enrollment Has Begun  

Medicare Part D is a crucial program if you or a loved one is a Medicare recipient who takes medication to treat your mental illness. The new 2015 guide for Medicare Prescription Drug Annual Enrollment is now available from Medicare Access for Patients Rx (MAPRx). Compare plan choices and find the plan that best meets your prescription medication needs. All Part D plans are changing in 2015. Use the guide to get answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

Read the guide.

Find out if you need to make a change.

Use Medicare’s plan finder.

Enrollment for Medicare prescription drug coverage is open until Dec. 7, 2014.

Finding Ways to Help People Who Are Homeless

Reducing long-term homelessness is a priority for NAMI in our new strategic plan for 2015 through 2017. Homelessness among people with mental illness is a tragic outcome of a broken mental health system. Addressing the needs of long-term homeless individuals, many of whom live with serious mental illness and substance use disorders, requires blending mental health services with supportive housing. Two new reports have been released which provide information about emerging best practices for blending resources to address chronic homelessness.

You can help address chronic homelessness in your state by sharing these reports with the agencies responsible for Medicaid and housing in your state and urging them to implement the best practices highlighted in these reports.

Read the reports.

Bright Spot: NAMI Policy Team Takes on Twitter

Two NAMI Policy Team leaders have joined the Twitter-verse and are actively tweeting about #MentalHealth policy! Follow them at @NAMIPolicyWonk and @DarcyGrutt to stay up to date! Below are some tweets from the last week.

You can also follow NAMI on Twitter and Facebook.

Thank you for your advocacy!

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6 thoughts on “Get Out and Vote

  1. Bradley October 28, 2014 / 3:42 pm

    Great info that a lot of people can use. Thank you for taking the time to research.

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    • Kitt O'Malley October 28, 2014 / 4:19 pm

      Interesting, WordPress prompted me with the WordPress.com Voting Information Project. I just followed through by copying and pasting text from a timely email from NAMI. Pretty easy when I’m simply copying and pasting content. I do like to do some background research before posting, though, to make sure that I’m on board with what I am sharing.

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  2. Dani October 28, 2014 / 2:34 pm

    Way to be an advocate, Kitt. Thanks for posting this.

    Blessings,
    Dani

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    • Kitt O'Malley October 28, 2014 / 3:27 pm

      My pleasure. Nothing compared to the Get Out the Vote work I did when I was an undergrad at UC Berkeley (name-dropped right there, notice?). Yes, I was a typical Berkeley flannel clad progressive. Don’t wear much flannel nowadays, but still could rabble rouse if needed.

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      • Dani October 28, 2014 / 3:32 pm

        You’re a force, Kitt. I’ve known that since we first “met”.

        I’ve never been much for flannel, but I am super thrilled to educate people on the issues, so they can make the most informed decisions possible moving forward.

        Blessings to you as you do the same.

        With heart and spirit,
        Dani

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        • Kitt O'Malley October 28, 2014 / 4:16 pm

          I didn’t always wear flannel, but it did help to wear layers since mornings were cool and foggy. The fog marches in through the Golden Gate, stopped by the Berkeley Hills. Now, though, I live in Southern California where my flannel, turtlenecks, and sweaters can rarely be worn.

          God bless you, as well, Dani. Thank you so much for your support.

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