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Coalition forms to drive parity compliance in 10 states

November 17, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
article

The Parity@10 Campaign aims to shift the burden onto insurers to demonstrate their plans comply with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act before they can be sold to consumers.

The least you need to know about HHS nominee Azar

November 13, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
blog

President Donald Trump is nominating Alex Azar as his choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services. Here is the least you need to know about the nominee.

Indiana counties scrap syringe exchange programs

November 6, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
article

Now two years removed from an HIV outbreak in the state, old concerns drive Indiana counties to begin defunding syringe exchange programs.

Executives mixed on opioid commission report

November 2, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
news

The report's calls for parity compliance regulations and training requirements are lauded, but a lack of additional funding disappoints.

Administration actions could wreck state insurance marketplaces

October 14, 2017  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH
blog

The year 2017 has been like no other. In less than six months, the Congress confronted us with four terrible health reform bills. Miraculously, all of these have failed.

Is Medicare 'reform' just a ploy to privatize?

October 12, 2017  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
blog

Recent discussions by members of Congress and the Trump administration again have raised the specter of Medicare “reform." Although they lack key details, these talks seem to have two consistent threads: a private locus for program operations and a variable...

Medicare embraces chronic care management and creates opportunities for behavioral health providers

October 9, 2017  |  Charlie Hutchinson
Perspectives

While behavioral health providers now have a greater opportunity to be involved in a patient’s collaborative care, it’s the responsibility of the providers themselves to ensure they are set up for success in these situations.

Hill Day discussions focus on funding and workforce issues

October 5, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

During the National Council for Behavioral Health’s annual Hill Day event, 600 stakeholders met with elected officials to advocate for better resources for mental health and addiction disorder treatment.

Bipartisan lawmakers seek to extend CCBHCs

October 4, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

On Tuesday, lawmakers in both chambers reintroduced a bill to extend the federal demo for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics to a total of 19 states.

Shocked into action to defeat Graham-Cassidy

September 22, 2017  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
blog

The Avalere estimate indicates Graham-Cassidy would take $4.2 trillion out of health by 2036. Virtually all states would experience dramatic federal funding reductions due the progressive, negative impact of the Medicaid per capita caps starting in 2020 and...

States’ shortcomings drive reincarceration rates

September 20, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
article

A study released by the Treatment Advocacy Center asserts that states’ inability to care for those with mental illness who have committed major crimes is driving up rearrest rates and draining public resources.

Oppose the Graham-Cassidy health reform bill

September 18, 2017  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
blog

Senate Republicans are pushing for a vote on their latest effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act before the end of the month, and the effects of this latest proposal would be every bit as devastating as its shipwrecked predecessors.

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