A recent study concludes that society earns $7 in benefits for every $1 spent on addiction treatment, including savings on medical care, mental-health services, and welfare payments, increased employment, and reductions in criminal activity.
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Mental health advocates claimed a significant victory last week when Vermont's Governor Jim Douglas signed into law H-404, 'An Any Willing Provider' bill.
A Connecticut law that allows insurers to refuse to pay for injuries sustained while victims were under the influence of alcohol or other drugs should be repealed, physicians say.
Mandating that insurance policies treat addiction and mental health on par with other illnesses does not raise health costs according to a comprehensive new study that also found that parity did not result in greater utilization of services when coupled with managed care.
A group of elected officials and anti-addiction groups has submitted a request for significant funding hikes for drug treatment and prevention services in Massachusetts.
Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri is proposing to cut the state's tobacco-control budget in half while requiring health insurers to pay for smoking-cessation programs and medication.
CRC Health Group has pioneered the use of the Internet to provide addiction treatment, but only about 1,000 people have sought help online since the company launched its Web-based program in 2001.
The addiction and mental-health treatment systems should be better integrated with general healthcare and included in broader national efforts to improve healthcare quality, the National Academy of Sciences says.
Insurers in Oregon will be required to cover addiction and mental illness on par with other diseases under legislation signed into law last week.
Capitol Hill lawmakers and their staff can learn about barriers to addiction treatment in an upcoming briefing sponsored by the bipartisan Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus.