October 28, 2016 | Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH
We salute President Obama for convening the task force, the task force itself for producing a very well-reasoned action report in a very short period of time, and the Kennedy Forum for serving as the clarion voice of advocacy.
As part of a $300 million settlement, UnitedHealthcare will no longer require policyholders to demonstrate abstinence from drugs and alcohol for six months before receiving coverage for a costly hepatitis C medication.
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Congressmen and their key staffers were receptive to the messages, and many said they are in fact working hard to advance legislation to increase funding, increase treatment capacity and improve access.
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