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November 16, 2017
HealthCare.gov Annual Enrollment Period deadline December 15

On Nov. 1, HealthCare.gov started its annual enrollment period for health insurance. If you don’t have coverage or you just need to renew your plan, make time to review your health plan options before Dec. 15.

All health plans offered through Healthcare.gov must cover mental health and substance use services at the same level as other health conditions. However, some plans offer better benefits than others, so review your options carefully.

 

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    Stigmatizing Media Portrayals: What Can We Do?

    October 23, 2017 | By Emma Frankham

    The media often reports on individuals with mental illness. However, little is known about how accurately the media portrays these individuals. Are journalists getting mental illness “right?” It seems the answer is no. I analyzed news reports about individuals with mental illness who were killed by police during 2015 and 2016 and found that these individuals were often stigmatized because of their mental illness. In 301 online news reports, I found 231 examples of stigmatizing language.

    This stigmatization Read More

    This summer, with the help of your advocacy, we defeated Congress’ efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. And just a few weeks ago, we fought back again against the dangerous Graham-Cassidy health reform bill.

    Now, the White House has announced plans that would make significant changes to mental health coverage. Meanwhile, congressional leaders are working toward reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and have forged a tentative bipartisan agreement to stabilize the insurance markets.

    CHIP Reauthorization Update

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    October 30, 2017 | By Sara Reardon

    Psychiatric disorders can be debilitating and often involve a genetic component, yet, evolution hasn’t weeded them out. Now, recent work is beginning to reveal the role of natural selection — offering a peek at how the genetic underpinnings of mental illness has changed over time.

    Many psychiatric disorders are polygenic: they can involve hundreds or thousands of genes and DNA mutations. It can be difficult to track how so many genetic regions evolved, and such Read More

    September 19, 2017 | By Dean Olsen

    Frequent denials of payment for substance-abuse and mental-health services in Illinois are creating unnecessary barriers to treatment despite an ongoing opioid crisis, a report released Tuesday says.

    “This raises a lot of red flags,” Kelly O’Brien, executive director of The Kennedy Forum Illinois, said during a news conference. The not-for-profit group released the 16-page report with partners that included the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health and the Illinois Health and Hospital Association.

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    By Dean Olsen, Staff Writer State Journal-Register

    Sep 19, 2017 at 7:51 PM

     

    Frequent denials of payment for substance-abuse and mental-health services in Illinois are creating unnecessary barriers to treatment despite an ongoing opioid crisis, a report released Tuesday says.

    “This raises a lot of red flags,” Kelly O’Brien, executive director of The Kennedy Forum Illinois, said during a news conference. The not-for-profit group released the 16-page report with partners that included the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health and the Illinois Health and Hospital Association.

    Three out Read More

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