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.
The draft of the Senate health care reform bill, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act, released Thursday prompted new anxiety over what the eventual bill could mean for those living with mental illness. The short answer: Less coverage for more money.
Some Americans, including members of Congress, have a distorted view of what the Medicaid program is and who it serves.
A major issue would be the bill’s federal cuts to Medicaid, the program for people who have low incomes and have disabilities. The proportion of rural people who qualify for Medicaid is higher than in many cities. The House bill would slice Medicaid funding by $834 billion over a decade compared to current law, the Read more
An estimated more than 2.5 million Texas would lose insurance coverage, adding to our already high rates of those uninsured. The bill would also allow states to opt out of protections that restrict insurance companies from charging higher premiums for people with pre-existing conditions and from the requirement that insurers cover 10 essential health benefits, Read more
Senate Health Care Bill Could Drive Up Coverage Costs for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Treatment
The Health Care Bill includes a proposal that would allow states to waive federal requirements that insurers provide coverage that includes core health care services, known as essential health benefits (EHBs). Instead, states could allow insurers to exclude certain benefits from their coverage.
The Senate Republican health care overhaul bill would strip 23 million people of their health insurance coverage and cap the Medicaid program—cutting over $880 billion from the program, which is the largest provider of behavioral health services for psychiatric patients.
Texas, which has one of the nation’s highest rates of uninsured children — 11 percent, according to a June study by the nonpartisan Georgetown University Center for Children and Families — is especially vulnerable to Medicaid cuts of any type. Almost half of all Texas children with insurance get it through Medicaid.
medicaid and children – Children with special health care needs have or are at increased risk for chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional conditions and also require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally.
A bipartisan group of governors are criticizing the Republican health care bill currently being crafted in Congress, arguing the legislation fails to protect the vulnerable and shifts the financial burden of coverage to the states.
Health advocates on Friday used the first meeting of President Trump’s commission on the opioid crisis to criticize a bill that would slash future Medicaid spending and deregulate the health insurance market, arguing that the legislation would undermine whatever progress the panel could make.
postpartum depression screening bill – Texas mothers taking their new babies for checkups through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program will be able to get postpartum depression screenings and counseling under a bill Gov. Greg Abbott signed Thursday.