Category results for "Insurance"

NYC’s Graphic Warning Signs Challenged in Court

The nation’s three largest tobacco companies have gone to court with a bid to block New York City from requiring retailers to post graphic images of smoking-related health problems wherever cigarettes are sold, the Associated Press reported June 5. Philip…

R.I. Group Outlines 12 Steps to Close Treatment Gap

Early intervention, more treatment options, and integrating addiction treatment with mainstream medicine are among the focal points in a new Rhode Island report aimed at closing the gap between need for and availability of addiction services.

WHO Calls on Nations to Address Excessive Alcohol Use

Price controls and marketing regulations are among 10 policy options outlined in a resolution aimed at cutting excessive alcohol use, which was endorsed this week by the 193 member states of the World Health Organization (WHO). “The more affordable alcohol is…

Mass. Insurers Ramp Up Scrutiny of Mental Health Treatment

Addiction and mental-health parity may be the law of the land, but it doesn't seem to be preventing insurers from limiting access to such services in states like Massachusetts.

Insurers Bear Brunt of Rising Costs of Cancer Care

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that the U.S. spent $48.1 billion annually to treat cancer between 2001 and 2005, nearly double the cost of cancer care recorded in 1987.

Insurers Seek to Limit Scope of Federal Parity Regulations

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.

Wisconsin Addiction and Mental Health Parity Law Signed

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.

Healthcare Reform Law Gives Big Boost to Addiction Treatment and Prevention

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.

Panel Recommends Amending Federal Privacy Law to Help Integrate Addiction Treatment Records

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.

Parity Bill Approved by Wisconsin Senate

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.

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