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Government & Legal

Legislation now before Congress could make a major impact on improving the condition of the mental health system.

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President Obama cites the need to achieve parity, expand access, and promote continuity in mental health care of active-duty troops and veterans.

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The development and training of a diverse psychiatric workforce is critical to the care of patients with mental illness, including substance use disorders, as well as frequently comorbid conditions, such as hypertension and diabetes.

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Opted-out physicians can still have referrals and prescriptions for privately contracted patients covered, but claims denials will be issued to those who haven’t submitted an opt-out affadavit.

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Child psychiatric hospitals were not included in a 1999 bill meant to fill a gap in federal funding for GME training at children’s hospitals.

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An appeals court rules that Florida’s effort to bar gun discussions between physicians and patients is a “legitimate regulation” of medical practice.

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A new law responding to the VA’s well-publicized health care crisis includes provisions to enhance the agency’s general medical and mental health workforces.

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The stakes involved in the cases are enormous, with millions of people enrolled in non-state-established health exchanges whose premiums are made more affordable because of federal subsidies.

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Urgent reform is needed to improve the state of mental health care for U.S. military veterans, say families who have lost loved ones to suicide and blame the VA for not providing adequate and timely care.

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