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America Recognizes

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Mental Health America Recognizes State Legislators Making Mental Health a Priority Alexandria, VA—Mental Health America (MHA) will be recognizing a very select group of state legislators who have made mental health a priority in their states. These Mental Health Champions will be honored by MHA’s Regional Policy Council (RPC) meeting, which coincides with the National Council of State Legislators (NCSL) meeting in Chicago next week, August 10th. MHA is proud to recognize the following distinguished legislators who have a track record that demonstrates that mental health issues are bipartisan. They have fought for changes that not only improve people’s lives […]

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Making Mental Health A National Priority

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Making Mental Health A National Priority By Sal Rosselli  President, National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) When it comes to better care for mental health patients, well-intentioned legislation hasn’t been a panacea. A 2008 federal law required most insurance policies to cover mental and physical health equally, but study after study shows we have a long way to go to achieve mental health parity. Now, Congress is once again trying to remedy the nation’s ailing mental health system and finally meet the needs of some of the nation’s most vulnerable citizens. The far-reaching 21st Century Cures Act, which President Barack Obama […]

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Obamacare Is Making Mental-Health Care Better for Some

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The Affordable Care Act is providing unprecedented access to treatment, but it’s failed to narrow disparities between white and black patients. Two of the groups that stood to gain the most from the passage of the Affordable Care Act were people of color, and people with mental, behavioral, and substance-abuse issues. The law was intended to expand affordable coverage to minorities who’d historically lacked it, but the ACA also contained provisions requiring that the new insurance plans and expanded coverage that popped up under its auspices cover a range of behavioral-health services, including some substance-abuse treatments. A recent study from Timothy Creedon at […]