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The Smile: Trading lives for premium rebates and tax reductions

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

'Heartless' Senate bill slashes Medicaid, offers $2 billion in opioid funds

June 22, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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President Trump said the Senate bill should have more “heart,” but industry experts reviewing the draft after its release today don’t believe it contains any heart at all. For one, the bill would end Medicaid expansion in 2020.

Insurers not providing sufficient evidence of parity act compliance

June 22, 2017  |  Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
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A recently analysis finds insurers are not providing consumers or state regulators with adequate documentation about their plans’ mental health and addiction treatment benefits.

New bipartisan bill revisits IMD issue

June 7, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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The Medicaid Coverage for Addiction Recovery Expansion (CARE) Act would allow Medicaid payment to residential addiction treatment facilities with up to 40 beds—an increase over the current 16 bed limit. It would also allow for treatment services for up to...

Need for buprenorphine demonstrated in Medicaid data

June 7, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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A new brief from the Urban Institute shows that Medicaid programs nationwide have seen increases in buprenorphine prescriptions since the launch of the Affordable Care Act, but trends are higher in expansion states.

'Cruelty wrapped in a lie'

May 29, 2017  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Executive Director, NACBHDD and NARMH
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I am outraged, simply outraged, by the administration’s proposed federal budget for 2018, released earlier this week. I believe that you are too.

How effective are PDMPs?

May 24, 2017  |  Brian Albright
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The databases have had clear impact on overprescribing but measuring their impact on overdoses is tricky.

Rumored gutting of ONDCP agenda does not materialize in president's budget plan

May 24, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Contributing Editor
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Most core functions of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, including oversight of the Drug-Free Communities Support Program, are preserved in President Trump's fiscal 2018 budget proposal.

Defeating the legislative tsunami engulfing health reform

May 22, 2017  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
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I recall not a single time in my entire career when behavioral healthcare, and healthcare in general, have been under greater siege than at present.

4 questions we should be asking the White House

May 15, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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President Trump and HHS Secretary Tom Price have identified three excellent priorities—childhood obesity, mental illness and the opioid epidemic—but their actions seem to be counterproductive. What do you think?

The US Senate can improve health reform

May 12, 2017  |  Ron Manderscheid, PhD, Exec Dir, NACBHDD and NARMH
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The behavioral health community is dismayed by the recent vote in the House to approve the American Health Care Act (AHCA). We hope that considerably more reasonable decisions will prevail in the Senate.

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