Category results for "Healthcare"

Treatment for Heroin Addiction Can Be Difficult to Find, Experts Say

People seeking treatment for heroin addiction face a number of obstacles, including a lack of treatment beds, expensive care, and insurance companies that refuse to pay for inpatient rehab, according to ABC News.

States That Don’t Expand Medicaid Leave Millions of Mentally Ill Uninsured: Report

About 3.7 million Americans, who live in states that have not expanded their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act, suffer from mental illness, psychological distress or a substance use disorder and don’t have health insurance, according to a recent report.

Medicaid Law That Limits Available Beds Impedes Addiction Treatment

Major obstacles remain to expanded treatment for addiction through the Medicaid program, according to USA Today. Although the Affordable Care Act requires treatment be offered to people who are newly insured through insurance exchanges or Medicaid, experts say a federal law is limiting available beds nationwide.

Bill to Overhaul Mental Health Care Spurs Debate

A bill designed to overhaul the mental health care system in the United States has spurred debate among advocates for the mentally ill, The New York Times reports. Some groups oppose the measure because it includes provisions for expanded use of involuntary outpatient treatment.

Commentary: From Lemons to Lemonade and Defense to Offense: An Activist’s Journey on the Road to Parity

My 18-year recovery journey to get parity passed and implemented is not over, but it’s important to share some lessons learned along the way, says Carol McDaid.

Emergency Departments Prescribing More Opioid Painkillers

Emergency departments are prescribing more opioid painkillers than in previous years for problems such as headaches or low back pain, a new study concludes. Many of these patients could be treated with over-the-counter painkillers, experts say.

Not Enough Evidence to Give Doctors Advice on Reducing Teens’ Drug Use: Expert Panel

A government panel said this week there is insufficient evidence about the best way for doctors to persuade children and teens not to use drugs.

Commentary: Eliminating Barriers IS Smart Drug and Crime Policy

Many people in recovery face an overwhelming array of discriminatory barriers as a result of their addiction and/or criminal histories, which make it difficult to obtain employment, housing, education, public benefits and other necessities of life, says the Legal Action Center.

Jails and Prisons Sign Up Inmates for Health Insurance Under Affordable Care Act

Jails and prisons are signing up inmates for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, according to The New York Times.

Substance Abuse Treatment Centers Report Problems With Insurance Coverage

Substance abuse treatment providers say patients are having problems getting their care covered, even though such treatment is now considered an essential health benefit under the Affordable Care Act.

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