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Washington, D.C. — In Kentucky and Arkansas, a U.S. District Court Judge ruled for the second time against taking Medicaid coverage away from people who do not meet work requirements. Judge James Boasberg ruled that employment conditions do not advance Medicaid's basic purpose of providing health coverage, indicating that “The Court cannot concur that the Medicaid Act leaves the [HHS] Secretary so unconstrained, nor that the states are so armed to refashion the program Congress designed in any way they choose.”

Seven leading national medical, consumer and health advocacy groups who had previously filed an amicus brief in the Kentucky case, which was cited by the Judge in his ruling on the state’s work requirement, issued the following statement in response to the decision:

“Medicaid plays a critical role in...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Mar 28, 2019

Our organizations, which represent a combined membership of more than 560,000 physician and medical student members, are alarmed by the Administration’s announcement that they will no longer defend any part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the federal case Texas v United States. This decision places the health care of millions of Americans, including those with pre-existing health care conditions, in jeopardy.

As physicians who provide a majority of care to individuals for physical and mental conditions, we know these insurance reforms and protections are essential to ensuring access to affordable health coverage for more than 130 million Americans, including the more than 31 million individuals between the ages of 55 and 64...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Mar 27, 2019

Washington, D.C. — The American Psychiatric Association (APA) today awarded U.S. Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA) the association’s Jacob K. Javits Award at a dinner ceremony.

The APA presents this award to a lawmaker or policymaker who has demonstrated distinguished leadership in supporting the profession of psychiatry and mental health advocacy. Named for former Sen. Jacob K. Javits of New York, it is the highest honor the APA confers on a public servant.

“Rep. Matsui has proven herself to be devoted mental health advocate through her leadership that has led to the passage of critical mental health policies benefiting patients across the country,” said APA President-Elect Bruce Schwartz, M.D.

Among the highlights of Rep. Matsui’s recent work on helping patients and their families, she championed the...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Mar 12, 2019

Washington, D.C. – The Department of Health and Human Services has released a final regulation that will significantly limit the health care available to patients under Title X of the Public Health Service Act (Title X). Leading women’s health care provider groups, medical organizations, and physician leaders representing more than 4.3 million health care providers are alarmed by the new regulation which disregards the expertise of the medical and scientific community and evidence-based standards.

“As the only federal program exclusively dedicated to providing low-income patients, including adolescents, with access to family planning and preventive health services and information, Title X plays a vital role in the fabric of America’s family planning safety net. The final regulation is the latest of...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Feb 26, 2019

Washington, DC – The American Psychiatric Association and the Illinois Psychiatry Society release the following joint statement in response to the deadly shooting at the Henry Pratt Company in Aurora, Ill.

“Our deepest condolences to victims of yesterday’s deadly shooting and their families and loved ones. The victims of this act of violence and their loved ones should know that help is available to cope with the trauma and psychological distress caused by the shooting. Our members are available to help the community in Aurora heal.

We at the American Psychiatric Association and the Illinois Psychiatric Society are concerned about the mental health impact of the epidemic of gun violence, which exacts a terrible toll on American families each year. We stand ready to work with local and federal lawmakers to...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Feb 18, 2019

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