A federal program that provides health insurance for about 390,000 Texas children must be reauthorized by Congress by the end of the month. Most of the children in the Children’s Health Insurance Program, also known as CHIP, are in working-class families. “This is a lifeline,” says Joyce Mauk, a pediatrician in Fort Worth and president Read more
People with pre-existing conditions, pregnant women among those who lose out in GOP’s health care bill
The GOP’s last-ditch effort to repeal “Obamacare” would redistribute hundreds of billions of dollars in federal financing for insurance coverage, creating winners and losers among individual Americans and states in ways not yet fully clear. health care bill
An innovative program that provides mental-health help in a rural area desperate for such services is on the cusp of closure, partly because state officials haven’t arranged a way for it to bill Medicaid.
Low-income Americans are more likely than the general population to struggle with mental illness, according to the Center for Disease Control, and less likely to get help for it. But Medicaid has the potential to ease the impact that mental health has on the cycle of poverty.
A 2016 National Alliance on Mental Illness survey found 80 percent of respondents were more likely to have difficulty finding a therapist who would accept their insurance compared with other types of specialty medical care. That may make apps that promise low-cost plans, such as $79 a session or $150 a month, attractive to investigate.
“It’s pretty silly really. The need is sort of off the charts, especially with the opioid epidemic,” said David Ramsey, CEO of the Charleston Area Medical Center. “We see the need in our ER every day and to not have access to an available resource is pretty sad.”
By taking the lead in the bold changes needed for this transformation, health systems can play a pivotal role alongside all stakeholders in reducing costs and improving the health of some of the nation’s most vulnerable patients.
Insurance coverage of mental health services via telehealth technology is surging to unprecedented levels amid an opioid abuse epidemic and increased access to behavioral healthcare generally, a new report and telemedicine companies say.
A first-of-its kind payment formula developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical School recommends allocating some health insurance dollars for patients in vulnerable communities and for those subject to social risks, in addition to their medical issues.
Texas, which has owned the distinction of having the largest uninsured population in the country, has earned another dubious honor. It’s now considered among the worst states in the country for health care.
Many rural veterans rely on a combination of VA health insurance and other forms of insurance, such as private insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare. For veterans in rural areas, “Medicaid could mean the difference between them getting care, and them not getting care,” said Andrea Callow, Families USA associate director of Medicaid initiatives.
Though cardiac events and hypertensive disorders are not surprising, it was surprising to see the opioid epidemic is now one of the leading causes of pregnancy-related deaths. The task force also found that black women were three times more likely to suffer from maternal mortalities.
Over 20 million Americans and about 1 million Texans have insurance through the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare. They, by far, have the most at stake when the Senate considers repealing the law this week — perhaps with a replacement, perhaps not.
Barbara Reed says she has reached out to 20 assisted living centers and nursing homes in the past week since being told that Westchester Plaza, the state’s largest assisted-living facility for Medicaid recipients, will close next month. Reed suffers from anxiety, a congestive heart condition, depression, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and high blood pressure.
Health policy expert Daniel E. Dawes (who was an instrumental force in the drafting of the Affordable Care Act) and other mental health advocates are fighting to protect essential benefits currently under attack by Obama opponents, including benefits for mental health and addiction care.
About three-quarters of the 4.5 million Texans enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are kids, while the remaining beneficiaries are primarily pregnant women, seniors and people with disabilities. Medicaid covers more than half of all births in Texas, which has the highest uninsured rate in the United States.
American Psychiatric Association Calls on Senate to Reject Latest Republican Health Care Reform Bill
The new BCRA still includes provisions that are deeply problematic, especially for individuals with serious mental illness and substance use disorders. The bill retains the deep Medicaid cuts that were a feature of the original reform bill and permits the removal of the essential health benefits.
Medicaid Fraud: Austin psychologists, Cedar Park patient recruiter arrested in nationwide health care investigation
Two Austin psychologists and a Cedar Park patient recruiter are facing criminal charges after federal investigators accused them of a Medicaid kickback scheme involving children who had been removed from their homes by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
Obamacare repeal – Kelly Trout has always dreamed of her daughter, Caroline Larson, leading an independent, fulfilling life. Larson, 35, was born with a rare condition — “uber rare,” as she puts it — that left her legally blind with mental and physical disabilities, and unable to live on her own.
The Senate’s proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and to sharply cut Medicaid payments to states through so-called per capita caps can sound very abstract to social workers and policymakers coping with the day-to-day tragedies and crises of child welfare.
One of the little-talked-about effects of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, was to boost access to mental health care for the poor. For people like Mouketou, access to mental health care can mean the difference between being able to hold down a job or not.
A little-discussed provision in the Senate health care bill is designed to boost the number of hospital beds for psychiatric care, providing a long-sought victory for mental health advocates.
As controversy swells around the U.S. Senate’s potential vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act, the high number of U.S. residents who suffer a diagnosable mental illness every year cannot be ignored. Improved accessibility to quality and affordable mental health care for every citizen must be elevated as a priority.
It seems to be the great irony of the Affordable Care Act that we have recognized the need for mental and behavioral health services in health care. Yet, we do not provide resolutions as to helping organizations cope with the explosion of need and shortage in supply.
Since the Senate healthcare reform bill was released late last week, there’s been tons of conversation around what’s in the darn thing. Among the rotten provisions in the current iteration of Trumpcare — and there are many — arguably the least discussed are those affecting individuals with mental illness.
My work at a safety net hospital in Chicago has shown me the various paths patients with mental illness face. The path health insurance can provide is both healthier and cheaper.
Many school districts, already squeezed by shrinking state education budgets, say that to fill the hole they anticipate would be left by the Republican push to restructure Medicaid, they would either have to cut those services or downsize general education programs that serve all students.
The Senate Republicans’ health care plan would give governors virtually unchecked discretion over health insurance plans. In red states with governors hostile to health care expansion, such as Texas, that could mean loss of coverage and skyrocketing costs for patients.
When Obamacare repeal was but a twinkle in Republicans’ eyes, Pacific Standard wrote about how the disappearance of the Affordable Care Act might affect Americans who need mental-health care. At the time, we didn’t yet know what the ACA’s replacement would look like. Now we do.
Texas rejected billions in federal aid to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, calling the program “broken.” But now it’s asking the Trump administration to renew a deal that’s brought the state an additional $6.2 billion a year under Medicaid to help care for the poor.