The 2008 federal addiction and mental-health parity law is under attack by insurance companies that want the Obama administration to delay implementation of the regulations and change some of the rules designed to ensure that behavioral-health problems are treated on par with other diseases.
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A bill requiring group health insurance policies to cover addictions and mental disorders on par with other illnesses has been signed into law by Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle.
Don't count addiction recovery advocates among those who see healthcare reform as 'Armageddon': the bill signed into law by President Obama on March 23 includes addiction and mental health services in its basic benefits package and is being broadly praised by treatment, prevention and recovery leaders.
A new proposal to amend a landmark federal privacy law is butting up against resistance from recovery advocates and others, as the addiction treatment and recovery community struggles to strike a balance between the need for integration with mainstream medicine and privacy concerns about the use of electronic medical records.
A bill that would require insurers to cover addiction and mental health services on par with other health conditions has been approved by the Wisconsin Senate.
The first draft of the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) latest Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) eliminates the disease categories for substance abuse and dependence and replaces it with a new “addictions and related disorders” — just one of several major changes to the “Bible” used almost universally to diagnose (and get insurance reimbursement for) behavioral-health problems.
Citing the death of his father and the need for a new direction in his life, Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) has announced that he will not seek reelection to Congress this fall.
A state Senate leader and the group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) are pressing state lawmakers to decriminalize marijuana possession in Rhode Island, the Wall Street Journal reported Feb. 3. Sen. Josh Miller, a local restaurant owner, heads a special…
Higher cigarette prices and smoke-free laws have not succeeded in eliminating smoking, but it has compelled a growing number of smokers to light up less frequently and publicly, the Wall Street Journal reported Jan. 12. About 20 percent of Americans…
Boys with a history of juvenile delinquency as youths not only had more problems with addiction and mental illness later in life but also were more likely to be dead or disabled by age 48, according to researchers at Cardiff…