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“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.

“Mental health coverage unequal in many Obamacare plans”

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This March 9, 2015 Article on the USA Today website talks about the inequalities seen in insurance coverage for mental health issues as it compares to the greater coverage offered for physical health care.

“Michelle Obama Promotes Awareness of Mental Health Care”

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This March 4, 2015 ABC News article talks about First Lady Michelle Obama’s promotion of mental health care.

“Cost of not caring: Stigma set in stone”


English: Image for mental health stubs, uses t...

English: Image for mental health stubs, uses two psych images – psychiatry (medicine) and psychology (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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I’m not sure about the publication date, but in the URL there is what could be a date of June 24, 12014 in it, but I’m not sure if that was the publication date or the date the file was saved into their system.  I am sure though that this USA Today segment is lengthy, but has a LOT Of information packed into that anyone who has even an ounce of compassion or a hint of a willingness to learn about the realities of mental health care in America should really consider reading.   It is well worth the time it takes to read it.

“Can Obamacare Save U.S. From Gap in Mental Health Care? Philadelphia Hospitals Counting on It”

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This May 12, 2014 Philly.com article talks about the hope that Obama care will decrease the size of the gap between mental and physical health care by improving access to services.

The signatures of President Barack Obama, Vice...

The signatures of President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on the health insurance reform bill signed in the East Room of the White House, March 23, 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“Mental Illness in America: Why the Affordable Care Act’s Parity Rule Marks a New Era in Mental Health Care”

English: President Barack Obama's signature on...

English: President Barack Obama’s signature on the health insurance reform bill at the White House, March 23, 2010. The President signed the bill with 22 different pens. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This November 9, 2013 blog post on the Public Health Watch blog, talks about some of the changes to mental health care in the United States as a result of the Affordable Healthcare Act (also commonly called “Obama care” by the media). The post covers a variety of items including but not limited to statistics on the estimated number of adults with a diagnosable mental illness in the United States, and other information like funding for mental health services, access to treatment, and statistics about the number of untreated adults with mental illnesses.  The post packs a lot of information into it, but presents it in a way that I feel many of my readers could walk away from the post feeling like they gained a bit of knowledge without feeling too overwhelmed by the language used  in the post.  I recommend that folks read through the post in its entirety and even take time to follow the links throughout the text of the post to gain a deeper understanding of the topic.  I felt the post was well worth the time it takes to read it, and I felt like for myself I may need to revisit it to get a full grasp of everything covered in it.  Thank you to the folks who maintain the Public Health Watch blog for their post.

“Rule demands mental-health coverage parity”

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This November 10, 2013 article on the Philly.com website talks about new regulations on mental health parity to further level out the playing field giving mental health care a greater opportunity to be treated the same as physical health care by insurance coverage


“Hospitals lead antiviolence efforts”

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This April 14, 2013 article found on the Philly.com website talks about the push hospitals are making to get complete mental health parity implemented.


“Kennedy Calling For Equal Coverage Of Mental Health — Yes, Still”

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This March 29, 2013 article on the Common Health and Reform site talks about Former Representative Patrick Kennedy continuing his push for mental health parity.  Despite mental health parity being the law, there are still issues with getting it fully implemented.  The article mentions lawsuits that have been filed because of failed implementing of these policies.


“Behavioral Health Coverage Parity Delayed by Lack of Federal Rules”

Mental Health Awareness Ribbon

Mental Health Awareness Ribbon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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This December 2, 2012 article on the Gant Daily website talks about the issue of Mental Health Parity being a law, but that it is unsupported by any rules explaining what should or shouldn’t be required to be covered by mental health insurance coverage.

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