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ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Psychiatric Association (APA) today announced its opposition to banning transgender Americans from serving in the military.

“The APA stands firmly against discrimination against anyone,” said President-Elect Altha Stewart, M.D. “Banning transgender service members from serving our country harms not just those transgender Americans who have dedicated themselves to service of others, but it unfairly casts a pall over all transgender Americans. Discrimination has a negative impact on the mental health of those targeted.”

The APA in 2012 passed a policy statement that opposed discrimination against transgender people and called for their civil rights to be protected. Transgender people do not have a mental disorder; thus, they suffer no impairment whatsoever in their judgment or...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jul 27, 2017

ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Psychiatric Association (APA) today issued the following statement from APA CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A., in response to today’s Senate vote to proceed with debate on repealing the ACA:

“We are disappointed that the Senate voted to continue on the path of ACA repeal. If they continue, Congress will effectively take health care away from millions of Americans. I am particularly troubled by provisions of proposed replacement bills that would allow states to opt out of including mental health and substance use disorders as essential health benefits. These bills would also make devastating cuts to the Medicaid program and roll back the Medicaid expansion, which has allowed 1.3 million Americans with serious mental illness and 2.8 million Americans with substance use...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jul 25, 2017


America’s frontline physicians reiterate opposition to any effort that leaves patients worse off

Washington, D.C. — Representing more than half a million of America’s frontline physicians, six major medical organizations — the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Osteopathic Association and the American Psychiatric Association —oppose any Senate effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Following the recent announcement by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that the Senate will soon vote on such a measure, leaders from the six groups issued the following joint statement:

“Consistent with our steadfast opposition to...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jul 19, 2017

ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Psychiatric Association (APA) today announced its strong support for the nomination of Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H., to be the nation’s next surgeon general. As the “nation’s doctor,” the surgeon general provides the public with the best available scientific information about how to improve their health and prevent illness or injury.

The APA Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Saturday to endorse Adams, who has served as the Indiana state health commissioner since 2014.

“Dr. Adams is highly qualified to meet the demands of this post,” said APA CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A. “As a former D.C. health director, I believe Dr. Adams will capably meet the task of integrating mental health and substance abuse challenges into the broader public health conversation....

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jul 18, 2017

ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Psychiatric Association today issued the following statement from APA CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A. in response to the release today of a revised Senate health care proposal:

“Wordsmithing and throwing money at certain constituencies to gain more votes highlights a deeply flawed Senate proposal that is insufficient. The changed bill still rolls back access to care and allows for the removal of essential health benefits, such as treatment for mental illness and substance use disorders that will affect millions of patients and their families - from the young to the elderly to the most vulnerable in all our communities.”

The American Psychiatric Association is the oldest medical association in the country founded in 1844. The APA is also the largest psychiatric...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jul 13, 2017

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