Skip to content
The National Council logo

Capitol Connector

Capitol Connector
Your source for the latest updates from Capitol Hill. We translate policy into practice so you can learn how policy trends will affect your work and how best to prepare.

Congressman Ron Barber Writes Op-Ed on Access to Mental Healthcare, Mental Health First Aid

June 13, 2013 | Mental Health First Aid | Comments
Image related to this article

Rebecca Farley

Director, Policy & Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health

Writing in Wednesday’s issue of The Hill, Arizona Congressman Ron Barber urged his colleagues in Congress to support the expansion of mental health services in the U.S. Barber highlighted the Mental Health First Aid Act as a key example of legislation that could help prevent future mass shootings.

Barber wrote,

Read More |  View Comments

Share on LinkedIn

NAMI Issues Report on Medicaid Expansion and Mental Health

June 12, 2013 | Uncategorized | Comments
Image related to this article

Rebecca Farley

Director, Policy & Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health

NAMI has released a new report, Medicaid Expansion and Mental Health Care, which explains the importance of Medicaid as a financing mechanism for mental health services and makes the case that Medicaid expansion represents the best chance states have to strengthen mental health systems. The report can be used by advocates as they urge their state governments to participate in the Medicaid expansion.

Read More |  View Comments

Share on LinkedIn

CMS Announces Options for States to Facilitate Enrollment in the Medicaid Expansion

June 11, 2013 | Uncategorized | Comments
Image related to this article

Rebecca Farley

Director, Policy & Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health

States will now be able to use Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) data to facilitate enrollment in the Medicaid expansion, according to guidance released last month by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Analyzing SNAP data to identify potential enrollees is just one of several strategies states can begin now to streamline the enrollment transition later this year. On May 17, CMS released a list of five options states can use to ensure that low-income people get and keep Medicaid coverage when the new enrollment system opens in October 2013.

Read More |  View Comments

Share on LinkedIn

Rates of Electronic Health Record Use Rise, but Challenges Remain

June 10, 2013 | Uncategorized | Comments

Rebecca Farley

Director, Policy & Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health

A new study in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine found that physicians’ adoption of basic electronic health records has risen over the past year, though more advanced use of EHRs for exchanging information among providers or managing the care provided to all of a practice’s patients remains relatively uncommon.

Read More |  View Comments

Share on LinkedIn

CCIIO Releases Final Rule for Small Business Health Options Program

June 7, 2013 | Uncategorized | Comments

Rebecca Farley

Director, Policy & Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health

This week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) released a final rule on the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) and, in tandem, finalized SHOP applications for small employers (3 pages) and their employees (2 pages) to use starting on October 1, 2013, in SHOP Marketplaces.

Read More |  View Comments

Share on LinkedIn

New Guidance Clarifies Application of Olmstead to HUD Programs

June 7, 2013 | Uncategorized | Comments
Image related to this article

Rebecca Farley

Director, Policy & Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has issued a document outlining how the Supreme Court’s ruling in Olmstead v. LC applies to HUD’s programs and activities. The guidance clarifies that HUD and any entities receiving financial assistance from HUD must provide housing for people with disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs.

Read More |  View Comments

Share on LinkedIn

In Case You Missed It: Watch National Council Webcast of Health System Expert Dan Mendelson

June 6, 2013 | Uncategorized | Comments
Image related to this article

Rebecca Farley

Director, Policy & Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health

If you didn’t have a chance on Monday to tune in to the National Council’s live webcast featuring healthcare expert and strategic consultant Dan Mendelson of Avalere Health, it’s not too late! Presenting live at the National Council’s spring board meeting, Dan Mendelson discussed current and upcoming federal policy initiatives – including health reform, mental health parity, and more – that will affect the way behavioral health provider organizations do business.

Read More |  View Comments

Share on LinkedIn

National Council’s Chuck Ingoglia on the Mental Health First Aid Bill

Rebecca Farley

Director, Policy & Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health

Chuck Ingoglia discussed the Mental Health First Aid Act of 2013 in an article published this week on Care For Your Mind.

Read More |  View Comments

Share on LinkedIn

White House Conference on Mental Health: What Now?

Image related to this article

Heather Cobb

Sr. Director, Creative & Strategy, National Council for Behavioral Health

The June 3, 2013 White Houses Conference on Mental Health brought great attention to mental health and addictions. But what now? What are our next steps?

Read More |  View Comments

Share on LinkedIn

Primary Care Urged to Screen Adults for Alcohol Misuse – Again

May 30, 2013 | Uncategorized | Comments

Heather Cobb

Sr. Director, Creative & Strategy, National Council for Behavioral Health

Primary Care Urged to Screen Adults for Alcohol Misuse – Again The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is reiterating its 2004 recommendation that primary care clinicians screen adults for alcohol misuse and provide individuals engaged in hazardous drinking with brief behavioral counseling interventions to reduce alcohol use. Based on a review of 23 clinical […]

Read More |  View Comments

Share on LinkedIn

Bipartisan Excellence in Mental Health Act Introduced in House

May 10, 2013 | Uncategorized | Comments
Image related to this article

Rebecca Farley

Director, Policy & Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health

Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Congressman Leonard Lance (D-NJ) this week introduced the Excellence in Mental Health Act (H.R. 1263). This legislation would support the nation’s community mental health and addictions system by establishing national standards and oversight for Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers. For the 1 in 5 Americans living with mental illnesses and […]

Read More |  View Comments

Share on LinkedIn

Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduces Excellence in Mental Health Act

February 8, 2013 | Uncategorized | Comments
Image related to this article

Rebecca Farley

Director, Policy & Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health

Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and  Roy Blunt (R-MO) yesterday introduced the Excellence in Mental Health Act (S. 264). This legislation would support the nation’s community mental health and addictions system by establishing national standards and oversight for Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers. The Senators were joined by cosponsors Jack Reed (D-RI), Susan Collins (R-ME), Barbara […]

Read More |  View Comments

Share on LinkedIn

House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Releases Recommendations to Improve Mental Health and Public Education

February 8, 2013 | Uncategorized | Comments
Image related to this article

Rebecca Farley

Director, Policy & Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health

Yesterday, a group of Democratic lawmakers tasked with crafting a response to the tragic Newtown shooting released their recommendations on reducing gun violence in the U.S. The recommendations included a section on mental health, which highlighted the importance of investing in prevention and public education around mental illness. The mental health recommendations include an endorsement […]

Read More |  View Comments

Share on LinkedIn

Payers Not Accepting 2013 CPT Codes? That’s a HIPAA violation.

February 1, 2013 | Uncategorized | Comments

Rebecca Farley

Director, Policy & Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health

Are the payers you work with creating new definitions for the 2013 CPT codes? Or not accepting claims submissions with 2013 CPT codes? Both are HIPAA violations. The AMA recently released two Practice Management Alerts (on January 7th and January 8th) encouraging providers to report HIPAA violations.

Read More |  View Comments

Share on LinkedIn

MIOTCRA Reauthorization Introduced in Congress

February 1, 2013 | Uncategorized | Comments

Rebecca Farley

Director, Policy & Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health

New legislation introduced this month in Congress would reauthorize and expand the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act (MIOTCRA). The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act (S. 162/H.R. 401) was introduced in the Senate by Senator Al Franken and 19 bipartisan cosponsors, and in the House by Congressmen Richard Nugent and 9 bipartisan cosponsors.

Read More |  View Comments

Share on LinkedIn

Latest Resources to Make Health Reform a Reality

February 1, 2013 | Uncategorized | Comments

Rebecca Farley

Director, Policy & Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health

I don’t know about you, but I’ve noticed a sudden rush in health reform-related resources arriving in my email inbox. Maybe it’s because we’re past the elections or because many of the big (and controversial) provisions of the Affordable Care Act are launching in less than year. Whatever the reasons, we know it’s hard to keep up with everything that’s going on in your state.

Read More |  View Comments

Share on LinkedIn

National Council Staff, Members Tout Excellence in Mental Health Act at Congressional Hearings on Mental Health

February 1, 2013 | Uncategorized | Comments

Rebecca Farley

Director, Policy & Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health

This week, several congressional committees held hearings on the U.S. mental healthcare system. The National Council congratulates our staff and members who testified at these hearings on the need for better integrated care, public education, and improvements in delivery and payment structures:

Read More |  View Comments

Share on LinkedIn

Senator Begich and 8 Cosponsors Introduce Mental Health First Aid Act

February 1, 2013 | Uncategorized | Comments

Rebecca Farley

Director, Policy & Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health

A bill introduced today with bipartisan support in the Senate would provide funding to train Americans in Mental Health First Aid. The Mental Health First Aid Act of 2013 was introduced by lead sponsors Senators Mark Begich (D-AK), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). They were joined by cosponsors Jack Reed (D-RI), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Roy Blunt (R-MO), and Marco Rubio (R-FL).

Read More |  View Comments

Share on LinkedIn

CMS Releases Letter on Application of Parity to Medicaid

February 1, 2013 | Uncategorized | Comments

Rebecca Farley

Director, Policy & Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released a State Medicaid Directors Letter (SMDL) clarifying how the requirements of the 2008 parity law apply to Medicaid expansion plans under the Affordable Care Act. The letter notes that all Medicaid Alternative Benefit plans (including benchmark equivalent and Secretary–approved benchmark plans) are required to meet the law’s parity requirements, regardless of whether services are delivered in managed care or non-managed care arrangements.

Read More |  View Comments

Share on LinkedIn

HRSA Announces Funding for Health Center Program’s New Access Points

February 1, 2013 | Uncategorized | Comments

Rebecca Farley

Director, Policy & Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has launched the Health Center Program’s New Access Point (NAP) grants that will provide operational support under the Health Center Program to create more access points.

Read More |  View Comments

Share on LinkedIn
1 43 44 45
©2019 National Council for Behavioral Health. All Rights Reserved.
The National Council for Behavioral Health is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit association (EIN 23-7092671).