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“60 Minutes: Denied”

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This December 14, 2014 60 Minutes segment talks about the problems occurring when insurance companies deny people with mental health issues services.

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“Obamacare exchange opens Nov. 15 — what do you need to know?”

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This November 2014, Patriot News article from PennLive is found on the InsuranceNews.Net website and offers a few FAQ’s about Obama care including who is elgible where to search and other related topics.  The article is out of Harrisburg, PA and mentions PMHCA.

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This resource is a link to the HealthyPA.com website I received a letter that was less informative than most letters from the DPW are, and the link that was included took me here after a stop at the DPW website.  I am not impressed with this site, because it doesn’t tell me anything the letter didn’t already tell me, which wasn’t much.  I thought I would post the link here though, if they actually put useful info on the site for recipients as opposed to press releases and training videos that don’t say much beyond how wonderful healthy pa is.   Sorry about venting, but I’m just not impressed with the lack of useful information being sent out to the recipients who are the ones who need to know exactly what changes they are facing in their Medicaid as opposed to them giving a list of “services you may have”.  I don’t want to know what I might have I want to know what I do have so I can plan accordingly.

“Pennsylvania becomes 27th state to expand Medicaid”

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This August 29, 2014 article found on GoErie.com talks about Pennsylvania’s adoption of medicaid expansion due in part to pressure from advocacy groups for the poor in the state pressuring the Governor to expand coverage.

Map of Pennsylvania, showing major cities and ...

Map of Pennsylvania, showing major cities and roads (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Corbett care plan no longer cuts aid for disabled”

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This July 24, 2014 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article talks about the ongoing negotiations between the Corbett administration and the federal government over Corbett’s alternative to medicaid expansion.  The article indicates that workers with disabilities who receive MAWD will continue to receive coverage at this point and that for now the threat of losing that medical coverage has been lifted.

“What the Hobby Lobby Decision Means for People with Mental Illness”

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This July 1, 2014 Healthy Place blog post talks about the potential domino effect of issues that could occur as a result of the Hobby Lobby ruling by the Supreme Court.  I truly hope that this doesn’t occur, but the impact could reach beyond birth control and impact other things like medications used to treat mental illness or  other forms of mental health treatment.  In short we need to ask what door has the Supreme Court ruling about Hobby Lobby not being required to pay for birth control due to a sincere religious belief opened and what will the fallout of this ruling look like?

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“ACA hasn’t boosted use of mental-health care services”

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This June 22, 2014 article from The Inquirer found on the Philly.com website talks about the lack of an influx of patients receiving mental health care.  The article cites stigma as one of several reasons that could be to blame.

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)

“Few Americans aware of their rights for mental health coverage”

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This May 20, 2014 InsuranceNewsNet.com article talks about how uninformed people are about the 2008 Mental Health Parity act that was signed into law requiring that mental health receive the same level of insurance coverage as physical health.  Most people don’t know this act was signed, or if they have heard of it, and  in many cases don’t know they have it.

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Mental Health Awareness Ribbon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“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 Health Now Covered Under ACA, but Not for Everyone”

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This April 29, 2014 USNews article talks about the problems being experienced by people with mental illnesses seeking insurance coverage while states, the federal government and insurance companies grapple over details about coverage of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obama care).  Those who have gotten coverage are facing issues with regards to shortages of mental health professionals to meet the increased demand on existing

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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