Commonwealth Fund: Strategies to Reduce Health Insurance Churn
Churning in health insurance enrollment has long been a problem for many people, as changes in their life circumstances create a cycle of losing and regaining eligibility for coverage. A new Commonwealth Fund report identifies opportunities to reduce churn and its negative impact,
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It’s Covered: Financing for Tobacco Cessation Services
Financing for Tobacco Cessation Services is made available through the ACA, which requires its coverage among all Essential Health Benefit-covered plans.
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Insurance Marketplaces’ Silver Plans Most Popular, $69 Average Premium
A new report from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finds that people who selected silver plans, the most popular plan type in the federal Marketplace, with tax credits paid an average premium of $69 per month. In the federal Marketplace, 69 percent of enrollees who selected Marketplace plans with tax credits had […]
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BHbusiness is Now BHbusiness Plus: Helping You Make Business Change
The need for strong business operations has never been more critical for behavioral health providers. That’s why BHbusiness Plus helps organizations expand capacity and thrive in the new healthcare environment.
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GAO Finds Gaps in CMS’ Oversight of Medicaid Managed Care
A GAO report finds shortcomings of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) existing oversight of Medicaid managed care, noting among other things, for example, that CMS “has largely delegated managed care program integrity oversight activities to the states, but has not updated its program integrity guidance since 2000.”
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Senate Bill Would Increase Veterans’ Access to Addiction and Mental Health Services
Earlier this month, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced the Restoring Veterans’ Trust Act of 2014 (S. 2413) in the Senate. This bill includes a new project, the Community Mental Health Partnership Pilot Program, which would connect medical centers of the Department of Veterans Affairs with surrounding community mental health and substance use treatment providers to […]
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Call to Action: Join the National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco & Cancer Control
Did you know lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of both men and women in the United States and is the most preventable? Smoking is one of the leading causes of lung cancer – both in smokers and individuals exposed to secondhand smoke. By quitting smoking, an individual’s risk for dying from lung cancer […]
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2015 HHS Appropriations On Hold After Subcommittee Markup
Tuesday, the Senate Appropriations subcommittee with jurisdiction over healthcare released its proposed fiscal year 2015 funding levels for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). While program-level detail is not yet available, the top-line numbers held few surprises for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
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Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment Climbs by 6M vs. Pre-Health Reform Era
Newly released data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) indicate that Medicaid enrollment continued to grow throughout April, beyond the March 31 end of the open enrollment period in state and federal health insurance exchanges. Because enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Proram (CHIP) can occur year-round, enrollment under the programs continues to grow. The new data show roughly six million more Medicaid and CHIP enrollees as compared to the period immediately preceding the initial open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
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Will You Join the Movement?
It’s been a big year for mental health and substance use on Capitol Hill: from passing the Excellence in Mental Health Act to increasing funding for the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant, establishing federal grants for Mental Health First Aid training, and blocking a Medicare proposal to revoke protected status for mental health drugs. But our work is far from over.
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House Passes Bill Funding Second Chance Act
The House last week voted to approve the Commerce-Justice-Science 2015 federal spending bill, which funds Department of Justice programs such as the Second Chance Act. First established in 2008, the Second Chance Act was designed to help prisoners effectively reintegrate into the community. The Act established grants for government agencies and nonprofits to provide services that reduce recidivism by improving outcomes for people returning from prisons, jails, and juvenile facilities.
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New Legislation Expands Medicare Coverage for Behavioral Health Providers
New legislation expands Medicare coverage for behavioral health services provided by marriage and family therapists and mental health counselors. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) included this important change in the Craig Thomas Rural Hospital and Provider Equity (R-HoPE) Act, a bill which amends several Medicare provisions in an effort to improve Americans’ access to mental health and […]
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