Health Care & Insurance Reform

(Video) Director of the National Institute of Mental Health advocates a new approach to treating mental illness

Thursday, November 13, 2014The struggle to understand and accurately address mental illness is by no means new. Yet in the TedTalk below, Thomas Insel, of the National Institute of Mental Health, advocates a new approach towards understanding. He employs the comparison of treatment…

Complaint seeks to enforce ACA’s anti-discrimination provision

Thursday, June 12, 2014
ACA anti-discrimination provisions tested
In the first major test of the Affordable Care Act’s anti-discrimination measures, two advocacy groups filed a complaint against four insurance companies with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on May 29. The complaint…

Disability rights groups slam Ryan budget

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Ryan Budget Cuts
In what has become an annual ritual, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) has released a budget proposing heavy cuts to health care and other social services, prompting a sharp rebuke from disability advocates. “The…

(Video) Eating Disorders Awareness Week: Kirsten Haglund speaks out

Monday, February 24, 2014Did you know that February 23rd through March 1st is Eating Disorders Awareness Week? According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, eating disorders are “statistically the deadliest of all mental illnesses”. In the video below,…

Court orders insurer to comply with mental health parity law

Monday, February 10, 2014
Follow Mental Health Parity
A federal district court has blocked Regence Blue Shield from denying coverage of neurodevelopmental therapies to children over age 6, finding that the insurer’s policy of denying these services violates Washington state’s mental health parity law.…

Kansas Medicaid privatization plan raises concerns

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Kansas privatizes home & community-based services
At the start of the new year, Kansas will hand over its Medicaid long-term disability services to the control of three for-profit national insurance companies, sparking fears from Medicaid recipients that their services will…

Feds announce $150 million in grants to community health centers

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Community health centers funded
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded $150 million in grants on November 7 to 236 community health centers nationwide. Starting in 2011, the HHS began an unprecedented five-year program to provide $11 billion

Final rules released for mental health parity law

Monday, November 18, 2013
Mental Health Parity Final Rules
After nearly five years, the Obama Administration announced final rules for the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, which prohibits insurers from providing mental health services to a lesser extent than services for…