Mental Health America
Applauds Release of Final Rules for
Mental Health Parity and
Addiction Equity Act
We echo the statement of David
Shern, Ph.D., interim president and CEO of Mental Health America.
"Mental Health America
applauds the release of the final rules for the Mental Health Parity and
Addiction Equity Act.
The parity law, which also
applies to policies sold through the exchanges under the Affordable Care Act,
is a milestone that recognizes how integral mental health is to overall health
and ends discrimination toward people with mental health and substance use
The release of these final
rules will help to guarantee that the promise of the law is fully realized and
we expand access to care for millions of Americans.
After spending many years
advocating in support of the law, its inclusion in the ACA and release of the
final rules, we will continue our work to ensure that we carry out the intent
of the law to prohibit discriminatory limits on mental health and substance use
Foundation Helps Raise Maternal Mental Health Awareness
BEACH, Va. (Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013) – The Amerigroup Foundation awarded the National Mental Health Association
of Georgia, Inc., DBA Mental Health America (MHA) of Georgia, a $10,000 grant to support Project Healthy Moms, advocating
for maternal mental health and the well-being of women, children and families.
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs), the primary complication
of childbirth in the United States, affects an estimated 30,000 Georgia women annually.
Despite the prevalence, these illnesses are largely ignored.
"We are truly honored to support MHA of Georgia’s initiative
educating Georgians and raising awareness on maternal mental health,” said Dr.
Joel Axler, behavioral health medical director, Amerigroup Georgia.
"We recognize the importance of effective and integrated behavioral and physical
health services, and we are grateful the Foundation’s generous grant will allow
some of Georgia’s most vulnerable citizens to receive the care they need."
Project Healthy Moms will
utilize the grant for health promotion activities, education for health care
providers and the general public, peer support and resource linkage for
pregnant and postpartum women, and consumer advocacy efforts.
“Each and every day, we work toward achieving increased awareness,
identification, treatment and support of PMADs while reducing the stigma
associated with them,” said Sarah Schwartz, executive director, MHA of Georgia.
“Without support from forward-thinking organizations like Amerigroup, our task
would be much more daunting, and we greatly appreciate the generosity and
support helping to educate the Georgia communities.”
About the Amerigroup Foundation
The Amerigroup Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Amerigroup, a wholly owned subsidiary of WellPoint,
Inc., and the largest corporation focused solely on meeting the health care
needs of financially vulnerable Americans. The Foundation works
to create healthy communities by fostering access to health care, encouraging
safe and healthy children and families and promoting community improvement and