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Ron Manderscheid Commentary

What peers have wrought

April 19, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

Peers who have endured the sting and burden of a major mental illness or a severe substance use condition have made remarkable contributions to our field that we must not take for granted.

Preserving our moral values in healthcare reform

April 6, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

Most Americans that I know do want us to be a moral society that protects those who are vulnerable, those who are disabled, and those who are old. That is who we are. That is who we want to be.

Finding common cause between epilepsy and behavioral health

March 30, 2017     Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

Epilepsy should be of great concern to the behavioral health field. The rate of serious mental illness among persons with epilepsy, about 12%, is three to four times the overall rate in the U.S. population.

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.

 

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

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