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The last several years have been extremely eventful for mental health legislation and policy, at the federal, state and local levels. Even international law sometimes bears on mental health issues. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, for example, is currently changing the behavioral health landscape. We believe it’s important to keep abreast of some of the vigorous policy debates, and some of the major players, in the mental health arena.

Congress has two weeks to prevent 400,000 Texas kids from losing health insurance

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

Trump’s deadline on ‘dreamers’ reverberates through health industries

Even with the ‘wind down process’ described by the administration, the implications of this action for medical students, residents and researchers with DACA status will interfere with their ability to complete their training and contribute meaningfully to the health of the nation,” said the Association of American Medical Colleges.

PODCAST | What the health? Health plans busting out all over

In a busy health week for Congress, Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee agreed on a proposal to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program for five more years, while Republicans and Democrats at the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee continued to pursue a joint plan to stabilize the individual health insurance market.

The government’s role in combating loneliness

Loneliness is hazardous to your health—and more psychologists and doctors are calling for a public-health campaign to fight it. “This has been underappreciated in the past,” says Julianne Holt-Lunstad, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Brigham Young University, “but cumulative data over hundreds of studies with millions of participants provides robust evidence of the Read more

Thank you, Sen. Schwertner, for being a champion of Texans with mental health challenges

Mental health policy in Texas is undergoing tremendous, positive change — and it’s happening relatively quickly. The 85th Legislature passed more than a dozen mental health-related bills. The new laws will impact a broad range of Texans, from children in foster care to veterans with post-traumatic stress to early intervention for children in poverty.

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