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; […]