Skip to content Skip to navigation

Ron Manderscheid Commentary

Did Obamacare save your life?

March 17, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

Many people have come forth to reveal that the Affordable Care Act saved their lives. All of this has raised questions about the early death of persons with mental health, substance use, and intellectual development and disability conditions.

Fewer covered, weaker protections, higher costs: ACA repeal plan

March 7, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

Six words sum up the House bill released by Republicans last evening in their effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. A quick review suggests the insured population would fall; health insurance benefits would deteriorate; and costs would escalate.

Nurturing self-management

March 3, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

First, we came to understand the key role played by personal health literacy. Then, we added health activation. Now, we are opening chapter three of this trinity—self-management. This often is referred to as self-direction in behavioral health.
 

The necessity of a national decarceration strategy

February 12, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

National concern continues to center on the profound and persistent problem of excessive incarceration in city and county jails, and the enmeshment of persons with mental and substance use conditions in the jails.

Gaining essential perspective on the new administration

January 31, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

Now with a new administration, it will be very important for us to pause, reflect and determine our next steps. The hoped for output from this exercise will be development of a laser-like focus on what is important, while ignoring all the noise.

What will Medicaid reform say about our society?

January 12, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

Members of the new Congress and administration have expressed a strong desire to “reform” Medicaid, although specifics are quite scarce. An effort will be made to change Medicaid to some type of fixed federal payment.

Eliminate, rename or replace the ACA?

December 27, 2016     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

Within a few days after the new year, we likely will be confronted with an effort to “repeal” the Affordable Care Act. I put the word in quotes, since it is entirely unclear what repeal will mean.

 

To your full happiness, health and heart

December 13, 2016     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

This year has been one of great tumult—home-based terrorism, disconcerting race relations and an extremely divisive election. Hence, we look forward to these holidays as a period of essential relief from our everyday worries and woes.

Reflections on our recent national election

November 30, 2016     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

I am sure that you were shocked by the outcome of our recent national election. Now that we all have had several weeks to gain some perspective, I would like to offer the following about our path forward.

No population health without behavioral health

November 18, 2016     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

Rosalynn Carter’s Annual Behavioral Health Policy Symposium addressed many of the issues that we work on today: parity, care access, integrated care, peer support, community participation, stigma and more.

Pages

Ron Manderscheid

Exec. Dir., NACBHDD and NARMH

Ron Manderscheid

@DrRonM

www.nacbhdd.org

Ron Manderscheid, Ph.D., serves as the Executive Director of the National Association of County...