Category Archives: Stay Informed

Affordable Care Act Will Improve Access to Behavioral Health Care-Won’t Fix Everything

Many people will have better access to comprehensive mental health and substance use disorder treatment in January of 2014 when all the provisions of the Affordable Care Act go into effect. BUT as reported by Med Page and others- not … Continue reading

Final Medicaid Eligibilty Rule Addresses Mental Health Parity

On July 5th, CMS issued the final rule relating to the eligibility and enrollment for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Plan. You can see the entire 600 page rule Here, but some points of note include: The rule finalizes … Continue reading

White House Progress Report on Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence

On June 18, the White House released a progress report detailing the progress they have made on the 25 Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence that President Obama announced in January. Of note in the report: The Department of Health … Continue reading

Watch Maryland Specific Health Care Reform Webinar

Presented by NAMI-Maryland: Health Care Reform: A Promise of Affordable Access to Quality Care Speakers: Leni Preston, Chair of the Maryland Women’s Coalition for Health Care Reform Adrienne Ellis, Director of The Maryland Parity Project Webinar Description: Maryland is a … Continue reading

Insurer in CA Faces Steep Fines for Violation of State Parity Law

The HMO, Kaiser Permanente was recently fined $4m by the State of California for violating California mental health parity law. The fine, the second largest in California history, was in response to Kaiser’s failure to provide access to mental health … Continue reading