How The ACA Affects Children With Special Needs And Their Families

BY LAUREN AGORATUS, M.A. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) affects children with special needs and disabilities in many ways. This article provides an overview of some ACA-related topics relevant to children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and their families. It is based on a series of posts in the ACA blog published by the National Center for Family Professional Partnerships (NCFPP). The NCFPP is a project of Family Voices, operated through a […]

HIPAA Privacy Rules Revealed

Just between you and me, what you don’t know could hurt you Imagine you have a nineteen-year-old daughter away at college about three hundred miles from your home. Her roommate calls to say there’s something terribly wrong. She tells you that your daughter is speaking incoherently and behaving unusually, and you hear it for yourself when your daughter is put on the phone. Knowing that there’s a serious medical problem, you suggest that the roommate […]

Report Shows Medicaid Expansion Can Improve Access to Behavioral Health Care

Nearly 2 million low-income uninsured people with a substance use disorder or a mental illness lived in states that had not yet expanded Medicaid in 2014 Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report showing that states can greatly improve access to behavioral health services for residents by expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Substance use disorders and mental illness are prevalent and serious public health problems in American communities. […]

Symptoms and quality of life after military brain injury – Research update from Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation

New research shows four distinct patterns of symptoms after mild traumatic brain injury(TBI) in military service members, and validates a new tool for assessing the quality-of-life impact of TBI. The studies appear in the January-February issue of The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation (JHTR), an annual special issue devoted to TBI in the military. The official journal of the Brain Injury Association of America, JHTR is published by Wolters Kluwer. In print and online, the […]

Increase United States Health Plan Coverage for Exercise Programming in Community Mental Health Programs for People with Serious Mental Illness

The Society of Behavioral Medicine and the American College of Sports Medicine encourage legislation and policies for Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurers to reimburse exercise programming for people with serious mental illness treated in community mental health programs. Sarah Pratt, PhD, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth; Gerald Jerome, PhD, Towson University; Kristin Schneider, PhD, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science; Lynette Craft, PhD, and Mark Stoutenberg, PhD, MSPH, American College of Sports Medicine; […]

Social Security “Clarifies” Rules on Proof of Disability

LIVING WITH A DISABILITY BY JERRY LEVINSON In February of 2014 the SSA proposed regulations that required disability claimants to inform it about their disability claims. In March, it provided further clarifications. The Social Security Administration (SSA or “Administration”) believes some (perhaps many) of the individuals who apply to it for disability benefits aren’t being completely candid or forthcoming in the evidence they submit to support their claims. Notably, the SSA finds such submissions are […]

Ask the Experts – Concussion

EDUCATION ON ALL ASPECTS OF A CONCUSSION September 15 – October 15, 2015 Ask the Experts is a free online forum wherein respected experts participate in a question- and-answer discussions regarding a specific topic. If you have a question or comment regarding concussions, please use the comment section below. Our featured experts will respond accordingly. MEET THE EXPERTS DR. JOHN SHUMKO, M.D., Ph.D, Chairman of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Medical Director, Sports and Physical Medicine Institute […]

Turning breath into words – new device unveiled to give paralysis victims a voice

A new device which transforms paralysis victims’ breath into words – believed to be the first invention of its kind – has been developed by academics from Loughborough University. Billed as a tool to help bring back the art of conversation for sufferers of severe paralysis and loss of speech, the prototype analyses changes in breathing patterns and converts ‘breath signals’ into words using pattern recognition software and an analogue-to-digital converter. A speech synthesizer then […]

Researchers discover how one gene mutation leads to autism

August 13, 2015 by Althea Violeta Chapel Hill, N.C. — A team of researchers from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill said they have finally discovered how at least one of the 1,000 known genetic mutations linked to autism may lead to the developmental disorder. According to the study’s senior author and Associate Professor in Cell Biology and Physiology Mark Zylka: “Genetic studies are showing that there will be about […]