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Census Bureau: Poverty, uninsured rates declined in 2016

September 13, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

The U.S. Census Bureau announced that the number of people without health insurance declined to 28.1 million and 2.5 million fewer people lived in poverty in 2016.

Marino positioned for drug czar title

September 5, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

President Trump will nominate Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) as Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). His nomination must be confirmed by the Senate.

Put some context around ACA numbers

August 25, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

As lawmakers seek to stabilize the Affordable Care Act insurance marketplaces, the political rhetoric should be viewed in context.

FDA evaluating prescription opioid medications for children

August 25, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor

The agency will convene a meeting of its Pediatric Advisory Committee in September to discuss the use of hydrocodone or codeine for the treatment of cough in pediatric patients.

Positive health determinants as vaccination and remedy

August 23, 2017  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

Positive health determinants include factors such as nurturing families for children, social inclusion for adults, job and pay equity, and clean living spaces, among others. In summary: Your zip code is predictive of your health status and your length of life...

NCAD: The opioid crisis is a political football, and that’s not good

August 22, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

It’s important for leaders in the industry to advocate for the disease of addiction rather than for the opioid crisis because resources are still quite scarce.

Defeating the diseases of despair

August 10, 2017  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

Although small in comparison within the overall U.S. death rate, deaths due to “diseases of despair” currently are growing, with opioid-related deaths  spiking considerably.

Debunk the Senate ruse

July 26, 2017  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH

The clock is ticking on the 20 hour Senate “debate” on healthcare reform, and nothing good will emerge from this process. Hence, the desired outcome that we must embrace is that no agreement be reached.

Honor veterans through accessible healthcare and services

July 12, 2017  |  Patrick Gauthier

With uncertainty looming over the future of the nation's healthcare, there are steps providers can take to meet the needs of veterans.

Senate tweaks won’t change big cuts to Medicaid

June 28, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Behavioral health leaders are pressing forward with their opposition, drawing a detailed picture of what healthcare would look like for individuals with mental health or substance use disorders if the Senate bill is implemented.

The Smile: Trading lives for premium rebates and tax reductions

June 22, 2017  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH

On Thursday, the Senate released its healthcare bill. The shroud hiding the underlying calculus has disappeared like the smiling Cheshire cat of yore. All that remains is the smile.

The least you need to know about the Senate healthcare bill

June 22, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Whether the Senate version of health reform policy that was released as a draft today is a viable option will be decided by Congress as early as next week. Here is the least you need to know.


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