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Request for help on 1332 Waiver from Faye Taylor, Affiliate Relations Manager

It is critically important that mental health parity be a mandated component of any of these health insurance plans. We would like to see in any Waiver proposal Georgia move much more decidedly and intentionally toward the enforcement of federal parity legislation. Any loss of federally mandated protections for those with a mental illness or families seeking mental health care makes it harder for people to shop for comprehensive coverage and limits the amount of financial assistance available to Georgians to help lower their costs. Implementation of parity here in the state will ensure that families with mental health care needs have access to care equal to those with physical healthcare needs.

Submitting online, choose Comments for 1332 Waiver – Georgia Access on the first page and Georgia Access – Plan Options on the second page. You may copy and paste NAMI GA’s statement from above. The process is quick and easy. Click on https://medicaid.georgia.gov/patients-first-act-public-comment.  Be sure to complete before December 3rd.

Here’s a suggestion for the comment section.  On the drop down before comments choose Georgia Access – Plan Options and then just copy and paste the following:

Enforce Federal Parity Legislation in Georgia!

It is critically important that mental health parity be a mandated component of any health insurance plan in Georgia. I would like to see any waiver proposal in Georgia move toward the enforcement of federal parity legislation.

Any loss of federal mandated protections for those with mental illness or families seeking mental health care makes it harder for people to shop for comprehensive coverage. It also limits the amount of financial assistance available to Georgians to help lower medical costs. Implementation of parity in our state will ensure that families with mental health care needs have access to care equal to those with physical healthcare needs.

 

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