Before Obamacare, a third of individual policyholders lacked coverage for substance abuse services, nearly two-fifth lacked coverage for mental health services, and about one in 10 lacked coverage for a prescription drug benefit.
Mental health services don’t exist in a vacuum. They are deeply influenced by developments in the greater health care landscape. These stories will give you an idea of what’s going with the Affordable Care Act, the health care workforce, efforts at institutional reform, government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, system-wide weakness in the provision of care, and efforts to address racial and ethnic disparities.
America’s largest chain of psychiatric hospitals is the target of a multi-agency federal investigation into whether it systematically holds patients longer than necessary to maximize revenues — an allegation two nurses at one of its facilities raised.
A new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities confirms just what’s at stake in these conversations for a swath of the country that played an awfully big role in getting President Donald Trump elected: rural America.
Because serious medical complications so frequently accompany eating disorders, they defy classification solely as mental illnesses. They should be viewed as complex health-care issues requiring urgent and multidisciplinary care.
Led by NYC’s first lady, U.S. mayors unite around mental-health care in absence of Washington action
As House Republicans prepared to vote Thursday on their latest health-care overhaul bill, the first lady of New York City was in Washington stressing the need for more mental-health care.
If you’re a Texas Panhandle resident, you may know our state representative, Four Price, is a lawyer, a father, a fourth-generation Texan and an extremely able legislator. But he’s also one of the state’s most effective and influential champions for improving mental health care.
House Republicans approved their plan to replace the Affordable Care Act on Thursday. Here’s a rundown of key provisions in the American Health Care Act and what would happen if the Senate approves them and the bill becomes law.
Health insurance: only when you don’t need it. Confused? Let me explain. In our illogical model, our society provides health insurance to the gainfully employed. But, ironically, it is the gainfully unemployed who most need mental health coverage.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and we’re taking the opportunity to focus on treatment, no matter what that means to you. Part of that endeavor is knowing just how dire mental health care is in the first place.
A coalition of six physicians’ groups sent a letter Wednesday to Congress critical of the latest version of the American Health Care Act, which would give states the option of scaling back Essential Health Benefits such as mental health coverage.
Only 1 percent of psychologists in the U.S. are Hispanic, meaning that Spanish-speaking men who do seek therapy will probably struggle to find it. In Baltimore, there is only one Spanish-language support group for men who suffer from anxiety and depression.
To address depression in the country, the Government of Rwanda created a Mental Health Division with the mandate to implement the Mental Health Policy in line with the Health Sector Strategic Plan and the National Health Policy.
On Tuesday, the University of Pretoria (UP), hosted a colloquium on the state of mental health in South Africa and the issues raised by the Life Esidimeni tragedy. Its purpose was to derive a multifaceted, scholarly understanding of the state of mental healthcare.
The inmates in Bellevue are awaiting trial for a variety of offenses, ranging from sleeping on the subway to murder. But for Dr. Elizabeth Ford, a psychiatrist who treats them, the charges against her patients are secondary.
The families and neighborhoods that make up the southern half of the city are not passive receivers of whatever aid is set in motion. Instead, they are the most indispensable resource — even as they are overlooked — to authentically fix this problem.
Effective July 1, Medicaid recipients ages 21 to 64 who are in a managed-care plan will be eligible for up to 15 days of inpatient mental-health treatment.
Despite the weight of all this evidence, the common belief among the anti-psychiatry, anti-medication group is that this reduced life expectancy for those with serious mental illness is the result of the medication they are given.