From the monthly archives:

August 2011

Opportunities for Behavioral Health Agencies to Take Advantage of Health Reform

A new report from George Washington University outlines how state mental health and substance use agencies can take advantage of new opportunities under the Affordable Care Act. [...]

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Affordable Care Act Prevention Grants Will Support SBIRT, Tobacco Cessation

The Department of Health and Human Services last week announced it was awarding $137 million for programs to strengthen local programs supported through the Substance [...]

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Debt “Supercommittee” Begins Formalizing Structure; Few Clues as to Where Members Will Look for Cuts

The twelve members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction – also known as the “supercommittee” – have begun the work of establishing the [...]

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Including Behavioral Health in Essential Health Benefits

The National Council has joined the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Mental Health America, and the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors [...]

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Dr. Karen Davis on “Smarter Ways to Pay for Healthcare”

As the ongoing debate over reducing federal spending has shown us, health care spending will be a target of efforts to cut the federal deficit, [...]

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Issue Brief: How Medicaid Protects the Health of Children and Vulnerable Populations

A recent issue brief released by First Focus examines the impact that Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage have on children and vulnerable [...]

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Policy Brief Explains New Rules for Determining Income under Medicaid in 2014

Under health reform, beginning in 2014, Medicaid will expand to cover all individuals with incomes below 133% of the federal poverty level – and major [...]

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Appeals Court Rules Against Health Reform Law

On August 12, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unconstitutional the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) requirement that all individuals enroll in health insurance. The [...]

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Behavioral Health Organizations Begin Receiving Incentive Payments for Health IT

National Council member in Oklahoma is first behavioral health provider to receive funds Throughout 2011, states have begun disbursing Medicaid incentive payments to healthcare providers [...]

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Analysis: Current And Potential Uses of Online Applications For Medicaid and CHIP

An analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured provides an overview of states’ online applications for Medicaid and CHIP and examines [...]

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