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Washington, DC — The physician leaders of six organizations representing more than half a million of America’s frontline physicians are strongly opposed to the Better Care Reconciliation Act. The U.S. Senate’s proposed health reform bill contains provisions that would do great harm to patients by repealing and undermining essential coverage and key patient protections established by the Affordable Care Act and make health care unaffordable for millions of Americans.

Given the broad impact of this bill and the magnitude of the changes made, including to the Medicaid program, our organizations are deeply concerned with the hidden and hurried manner with which this bill was drafted. We are concerned that no public hearings were held and no physician or patient expertise was sought during the bill’s development.

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jun 23, 2017

ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Psychiatric Association urges the Senate to reject the troubling and harmful health care reform proposal released today by Senate Republicans. The Senate proposal, like the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA), falls short of providing needed mental health care benefits and protections to those most vulnerable.

The Senate is expected to vote on the health care reform bill before its July 4 recess. The bill rolls back Medicaid expansion, caps the Medicaid program significantly cutting back funding to states, and allows states to waive critical essential health benefits including mental health and substance use treatment coverage.

APA also expresses serious concerns about the secretive process under which it was drafted and the lack of time for review and debate....

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jun 22, 2017

ARLINGTON, Va. June 15, 2017 — Six of the nation’s largest medical organizations, including the American Psychiatric Association, today sent a letter to Senate leaders expressing serious concerns about proposed health care legislation and the secretive process under which it is being drafted. The letter states: “Regrettably, both the House and Senate seem to be determined to bring to a vote legislation that… [rolls] back coverage and patient protections for millions of patients.”

The six organizations emphasized the detrimental effect of repealing essential coverage and patient protections that are part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The letter opposes changes to Medicaid alone that would...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jun 15, 2017


Letter to Senate Leaders Offers Blueprint for Health Care Reform

WASHINGTON — Two leading mental health associations have called on the Senate to reject the flaws in the American Health Care Act and instead craft a bill that would result in more people having coverage for mental health and substance use treatment, and not penalize people with pre-existing conditions.

“We strongly oppose the American Health Care Act, which according to the Congressional Budget Office, would result in 14 million more people uninsured in 2018 than under current law, and 23 million more people without insurance by 2026,” the American Psychiatric Association and American Psychological Association said in a letter to the Senate majority and minority leaders. “Millions more would lose access to treatment,...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jun 8, 2017

ARLINGTON, Va. – Recovery-oriented cognitive therapy can lead to lasting improvement among individuals with schizophrenia, even among those with the most chronic illness, according to a study out today. While those with more chronic illness took longer to show benefits, they did improve and start to succeed at achieving their goals, according to research published online in Psychiatric Services in Advance.

The authors note that despite decades of research about recovery among people with schizophrenia, the view of schizophrenia as progressive and deteriorating is still common in the mental health care community.

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, led by Paul M. Grant, Ph.D., looked at the effects of 18 months of...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jun 1, 2017

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