From the monthly archives:

December 2011

Hearts, Minds, Congress: Win the attention of Congress and a new Kindle in our Hill Day Slogan Contest, Launching Dec. 28!

Have you ever seen a slogan for an organization or a tagline for an advertisement that you just couldn’t get out of your head? We [...]

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Congress Enacts 2012 Budget, Averts Feared Cuts to Behavioral Health

Overcoming a political impasse, Congress late last week approved the remaining nine bills that make up the 2012 budget. The “megabus,” as the 9-bill package [...]

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Essential Health Benefits: What Does the New HHS Guidance Mean for Behavioral Health?

On December 16, 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services issued an information bulletin outlining its first proposed guidance on how states and health [...]

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Let it Snow! A Special Analysis of the Future of Behavioral Health Funding

In the words of the famous holiday song, “the weather outside is frightful” – and particularly so as we look at the funding climate for [...]

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Happy Holidays from the National Council!

2011 has been a difficult year for protecting behavioral health funding – but the National Council’s members have consistently stepped up to the plate to [...]

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Congress Unveils Budget Omnibus, but Tax Extenders Politics Could Scuttle the Deal

For the fourth time this year, Congress is facing a government shutdown – this time, despite agreement on all sides about the content of legislation [...]

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Rep. Ryan and Sen. Wyden Team Up on Medicare Reform Proposal

Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) today revealed their joint proposal for Medicare reform, a plan that would give beneficiaries a set [...]

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Facebook Provides First-of-a-Kind Service to Help Prevent Suicides

Facebook is announcing a new service that harnesses the power of social networking and crisis support to help prevent suicides across the nation and Canada. [...]

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Assessing and Improving Medication Adherence

Many provisions of the Affordable Care Act are designed to promote quality improvement and improve health outcomes. Research indicates that poor medication adherence can be an obstacle to these [...]

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President Obama Nominates Marilyn Tavenner to Head CMS

President Obama has formally announced his nomination of Marilyn Tavenner as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), after CMS Administrator Don [...]

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