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“How Gaps In Mental Health Care Play Out In Emergency Rooms”

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This October 17, 2016 article by Shefali Luthra, talks about the differencees in going to the Emergency Room for Physical health reasons compared to mental health reasons and indicates that a person with a mental health issue is likely to stay in the ER longer or more likely to be admitted to the hospital directly from the ER than someone with physical health issues is.

“PA Coalition Supporting Insurance Parity Will Hold Press Conference to Announce Introduction of Bill to Enforce Federal Law”

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This June 10, 2016  article talks about a gathering in Harrisburg, PA to be held on June 13, 2016 on the Capital Rotunda where State Representative Thomas Murt (R-Montgomery County) will be joined by providers, family members and mental health Consumers to advocate for a bill being introduced to better enforce the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 here in Pennsylvania.

Sexual Consent Explained in the most British Way Possible

“Here’s what a psychologist learned from interviewing killers”

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This June 22, 2015 article by Chris Weller on the Science Alert website talks about one Psychologist’s experiences and lessons learned while working to understand cold killers who are awaiting trial.

“‘Play This Video Game And Call Me In The Morning'”

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This August 17, 2015 WESA Pittsburgh NPR segment talks about studies being done to see if there is a way to utilize video game technology to help with treating mental health issues such as ADHD or Depression.  The idea of using games to treat mental health disorders could be a reality … it just seems that it may take some time for policies and approval rates to catch up to the technology.

“Battle Lines Form in the Fight Over Social Security Payment Reductions”

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This August 5, 2015 MSN Money article talks about the impending crisis involving the money in the SSDI program drying up by the end of 2016.  The article includes a few ideas being tossed around for correcting the problem or at least for buying time until a solution can be found.  The article indicates that less than 1% of the social Security tax paid by employees goes into funding SSDI compared to over 5% going into retirement. One idea in the article is to increase the percentage of the Social Security tax by a couple of percentage points to increase the amount of money going into the disability fund.

“Don’t coerce the mentally ill into treatment Tim Murphy is raising the right issues but proposing the wrong solutions”

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This September 10, 2014 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article talks about the flaws of coerced treatment for people with mental illnesses.

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English: Rain Garden Apartments in the Villebois development in Wilsonville, Oregon. Provides housing to those with mental illnesses. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Pa. Corrections Workers Finish First Phase of Mental Health Training”

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This July 20, 2015 Newsworks article found on the NBC10.com website talks about the first phase of training received by a number of law enforcement officers and judges in Pennsylvania

“Too Much TV, Too Little Exercise When Young May Hasten Mental Decline Later”

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This July 20, 2015 Health Day article found on the Philly.com website talks about how being a couch potato as a young adult can contribute to an increased risk of developing things like Alzheimer’s or other cognitive disorders as we age.

“100 things to know about Medicare and Medicaid — 2015 update”

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This July 2, 2015 article written by Emily Rappleye and found on Becker’s Hospital CFO website, offers some facts about Medicare, including but not limited to things like, who qualifies, who pays for it, a comparison in the growth of Medicare payment growth compared to that seen in private pay payment growth (bit of an eye-opener when I saw that one) and even talks about the history of the Medicare program including Presidents who start the program or who made changes to it.  There are far too many things for me to list here, but if you want some facts about Medicare and who benefits from it, I highly recommend this particular piece.  It is easy to understand and not written in an overly technical way, so I think anyone should be able to understand it easily.  It is not a complete answer to every question, and doesn’t combat every myth out there, but it does offer a lot of good starting points for understanding Medicare, and it even touches on Social Security a little also.

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English: image edited to hide card’s owner name. author: Arturo Portilla (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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