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Mental health bill advances to House floor

By Maria Castellucci  |  June 15, 2016

The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, sponsored by Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), passed 53-0 in the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday. Murphy first introduced the bill a year after the 2012 Sandy Hook shootings that killed 26, including 20 children.

Nearly all ACA benchmark plans violate rules on addiction treatment coverage

Nearly all ACA benchmark plans violate rules on addiction treatment coverage

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  June 07, 2016

Nearly all ACA health plans offered in states do not adequately cover services for addiction treatment, according to an analysis released Tuesday, despite repeated calls by advocates and providers for insurers to offer a full range of substance use disorder therapy benefits.

Best Practices: Helping ex-inmates get Medicaid

Best Practices: Helping ex-inmates get Medicaid

By Harris Meyer  |  May 21, 2016

Some local jails, including those in Chicago and Louisville, Ky., have launched initiatives to increase the number of inmates who have Medicaid when they are released. But there are tough challenges.

Senators seek lawmakers' focus on mental health reform

By Shannon Muchmore  |  May 21, 2016

Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) hope a gathering of mental health professionals this week will remind their fellow legislators that time is running out to reform the country's mental health system.

CMS talk, policy at odds in eliminating health disparities

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 21, 2016

I read with great interest the recent Q&A “We're trying to build the business case for achieving health equity,” (April 25, p. 30), based on an interview with Cara James, Ph.D., director of the CMS' Office of Minority Health.

Postcard triggers Ohio mental-health privacy mea culpa

By Joseph Conn  |  May 11, 2016

Ohio health officials are notifying 59,000 state residents that they were inadvertently identified as behavioral-health patients in mailed correspondence, resulting in a breach of protected health information.

Walgreens aims to promote greater mental health awareness

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  May 10, 2016

Drugstore giant Walgreens Boots Alliance has taken another step in its effort to be viewed as a healthcare provider alternative. Walgreens is collaborating with the behavioral health advocacy group Mental Health America to provide mental health screening to as many as 3 million people through 2017.

New Hampshire hospital to close psych unit

By Associated Press  |  May 08, 2016

A shortage of available psychiatrists forced Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene to close its inpatient behavioral health unit, which had been serving three to four adults per day.

NYC to invest in mental health at Rikers Island jail

By Caroline Lewis, Crain's New York Business  |  April 27, 2016

Better-staffed mental health units, mini clinics and telehealth services are among several features that will soon be put in place to improve healthcare at New York's Rikers Island, Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration announced Tuesday.

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