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Did Obamacare save your life?

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

Behavioral health benefits shift with GOP plan

March 14, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

While Congress considers the American Health Care Act, many treatment center executives are wondering how the proposed legislation will ultimately affect their patients.

Simple Recovery sees in-network status as sustainability strategy

March 8, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

The national conversation about addiction is changing, and as more people seek treatment, managed care organizations will likely give providers a closer look—especially the out-of-network providers that are submitting high-priced claims.

The least you need to know about the repeal and replace bill

March 7, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
blog

Everyone’s talking about the healthcare bill House Republicans released Monday night. Here’s the very least you need to know.

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

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

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.
 

Linda's List 2017

February 22, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

Linda Rosenberg, president and CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Health, says while she herself tends to be optimistic, this is clearly a year to be more cautious for a number of reasons.

Patients with depression favor keeping ACA

February 8, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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A higher percentage of patients with major depressive disorder do not want to see the Affordable Care Act repealed, as compared to the general population, according to a study published this week by health network PatientsLikeMe.

How to follow the money in ACA repeal and replace

February 1, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Future healthcare policy will undoubtedly be driven by cost, whether it’s the Trump administration’s anticipated replacement for ACA or the iterations of adjustments down the road.

Gaining essential perspective on the new administration

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

Providers remain concerned about ACA repeal

January 10, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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County behavioral health service providers are especially uneasy about a wholesale repeal of ACA and what the near future might bring without a practical transition plan.

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