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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

June, 2013

Lack of Revenue Limits Experimental Health Projects

Texas Tribune

June 14, 2013

 

Texas received federal approval in May to begin more than 1,100 experimental projects that could transform the way health care is delivered to the state's poor and uninsured. But there is a catch: To receive billions of dollars in federal financing, health care providers across 20 Texas regions must start the projects using local financing and meet some performance benchmarks.

http://www.texastribune.org/2013/06/14/lack-revenue-limits-experimental-health-projects/ 

 

 

Interactive: Financing Health Care Transformation Across Texas

Texas Tribune

June 14, 2013

 

... To receive the federal dollars, health care providers across 20 Texas regions must start the projects using local financing and meet some performance benchmarks. That has presented a particular challenge to the state's poorest regions, where the rates of uninsured are higher and more people receive Medicaid benefits.

http://www.texastribune.org/library/data/texas-health-transformation-projects/ 

 

 

Governor Perry signs off on safety measure for patients following care breakdowns at Parkland Memorial Hospital

Dallas Morning News

June 13, 2013

 

Gov. Rick Perry has signed into law a patient safety measure inspired by care failures at Parkland Memorial Hospital, and another similarly tailored bill appears headed for the law books.

http://watchdogblog.dallasnews.com/2013/06/governor-perry-signs-off-on-safety-measure-for-patients-following-care-breakdowns-at-parkland-memorial-hospital.html/ 

 

 

Millions of dollars to improve care for mental patients

News Channel 10

June 14, 2013

 

...For the first time, Medicaid and Medicare are giving Texas Panhandle Centers millions of dollars to enhance services and make them more accessible throughout the panhandle. It would help people with mental illnesses like schizophrenia and depression, behavioral issues, and substance abuse problems.

http://www.newschannel10.com/story/22587985/millions-of-dollars-to-improve-care-for-mental-patients 

 

 

Lawsuits: At least 13 men overheated, died in un-air-conditioned Texas prisons

Austin American-Statesman

June 13, 2013

 

...Medlock and Edwards said the dead prisoners all suffered from heat-sensitive medical conditions, ranging from taking psychotropic drugs prescribed for mental illnesses or diuretics for hypertension, or they suffered from diabetes.

http://www.mystatesman.com/news/news/lawsuits-at-least-13-men-overheated-died-in-un-air/nYK4g/?icmp=statesman_internallink_invitationbox_apr2013_statesmanstubtomystatesmanpremium 

 

 

Houston officer no-billed in disabled man's death

Austin American-Statesman

June 14, 2013

 

(AP) - ...Court records show a 2002 mental health examination showed Claunch had a number of psychiatric hospitalizations. He became a ward of Harris County.

http://www.statesman.com/ap/ap/texas/houston-officer-no-billed-in-disabled-mans-death/nYLHb/ 

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

SAMHSA is accepting applications for up to $24.7 million for the National Resource Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention Cooperative Agreement

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration News

June 13, 2013

 

...This program will serve as a national resource and training center to prevent mental, emotional and behavioral disorders, to increase the effectiveness of youth violence prevention and to promote the healthy development of children and youth.

http://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/advisories/1306131603.aspx 

 

 

Charity funds brain injury, post-traumatic stress clinic to help wounded Fort Campbell troops

Washington Post

June 13, 2013

 

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - A private foundation broke ground Thursday at Fort Campbell on a new clinic to treat the signature wounds of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/charity-funds-brain-injury-post-traumatic-stress-clinic-to-help-wounded-fort-campbell-troops/2013/06/13/4278e6fe-d479-11e2-b3a2-3bf5eb37b9d0_story.html 

 

 

Lawyers: Holmes could withdraw insanity plea after they see results of mental evaluation

Washington Post

June 13, 2013

 

DENVER - Lawyers for Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes say they might withdraw his plea of not guilty by reason of insanity after they see the results of his mental evaluation.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/lawyers-holmes-could-withdraw-insanity-plea-after-they-see-results-of-mental-evaluation/2013/06/13/ad2dcb88-d463-11e2-b3a2-3bf5eb37b9d0_story.html 

 

 

TV Creators Tackle Mental Health

Variety

June 13, 2013

 

Although debates about gun control gained more traction in the wake of shootings at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school in December, the issue of mental illness also re-entered the public conversation. In primetime, mental illness has been in the mix of social issues showrunners address head-on in serious dramas.

http://variety.com/2013/tv/awards/tv-creators-tackle-mental-health-1200496412/ 

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

Employers with 50 or more full-time workers required to offer 'affordable' coverage

Washington Post

June 13, 2013

 

...The Affordable Care Act, as the law is known, actually has two mandates on employers, part of "shared responsibility" provisions to ensure that companies keep offering coverage. Think of them as the big stick and the smaller stick. Employers that don't offer coverage at all face the big stick. Those that offer substandard or inadequate coverage face the smaller stick.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/employers-with-50-or-more-full-time-workers-required-to-offer-affordable-coverage/2013/06/13/ad4bef26-d44c-11e2-b3a2-3bf5eb37b9d0_story.html 

 

 

Affordability glitch: low-wage workers in some big firms could get left out in health overhaul

Washington Post

June 13, 2013

 

...But what's reasonable? Because of a wrinkle in the law, companies can meet their legal obligations by offering policies that would be too expensive for many low-wage workers. For the employee, it's like a mirage - attractive but out of reach.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/affordability-glitch-low-wage-workers-in-some-big-firms-could-get-left-out-in-health-overhaul/2013/06/13/e43b5fcc-d43c-11e2-b3a2-3bf5eb37b9d0_story.html 

 

 

California Insurance Chief Wants To Bar Anthem From Selling Small Business Coverage

Kaiser Health News

June 13, 2013

 

Citing a pattern of "unreasonable rate increases" for small business customers by Anthem Blue Cross, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said Thursday he will recommend that the state's new online insurance marketplace exclude the firm from selling small business coverage.

http://capsules.kaiserhealthnews.org/index.php/2013/06/california-insurance-chief-wants-to-bar-anthem-from-selling-small-business-coverage/ 

 

 

Boxer to push funding for health costs of uninsured immigrants

Los Angeles Times

June 13, 2013

 

WASHINGTON-Sen. Barbara Boxer plans to push for Washington to provide $250 million and perhaps more to help local and state governments pay the cost of healthcare to uninsured immigrants who seek legal status under legislation now before the Senate.

http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-boxer-healthcare-costs-uninsured-immigrants-20130613,0,6087718.story 

 

 

Preparing For Flood Of Consumer Questions On Insurance Exchanges

Kaiser Health News

June 13, 2013

 

On Oct. 1, individual consumers and small businesses will be able to enroll in the online health insurance marketplaces known as exchanges. Minnesota, where the state is running the exchange, and Florida, where the federal government will be in charge, are preparing in different ways. Under the Affordable Care Act,  most Americans who don't already have health insurance through employers, Medicare or some other source are required to get it as of Jan. 1 or pay a fine. Subsidies will be available for people who earn up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level to buy insurance.

http://capsules.kaiserhealthnews.org/index.php/2013/06/preparing-for-flood-of-consumer-questions-on-insurance-exchanges/ 

 

 

Small U.S. insurers fill gaps for weakest state health exchanges

Chicago Tribune

June 13, 2013

 

NEW YORK (Reuters) - When the state of Mississippi begins offering subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's reform law this year, residents will have only one choice - Magnolia Health Plan - a small insurer little known in most of the country. The Obama administration hoped to attract robust competition in creating the exchanges, and it is counting on millions of Americans without coverage to sign up for these plans in the program's first year.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-usa-healthcare-exchangesbre95c0wg-20130613,0,2339699.story 

 

 

OPINIONS

 

Six months after Newtown, focus on mental health: Column

USA Today

June 14, 2013

 

Newtown psychologist's husband discusses mental health and gun violence in light of the six month anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2013/06/14/newton-shooting-anniversary-column/2421195/ 

 

 

Medicare policy should balance cuts with quality care

Washington Post

June 13, 2013

 

The 2013 Medicare Trustees Report had some good news. Costs per beneficiary grew just 0.7 percent in 2012, down from a 5.4 percent annual average since 1990. This is the third year of slow growth, and if the trend continues, our national finances will dramatically improve.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/medicare-policy-should-balance-cuts-with-quality-care/2013/06/13/d514164c-d356-11e2-a73e-826d299ff459_story.html 

 

 

Expanding Medicaid coverage is not a cure-all

Washington Post

June 13, 2013

 

If all states implement the Affordable Care Act, 18 million more people will be enrolled in Medicaid by the end of 2016. Even if some states opt out, the program is poised for a huge expansion. But having insurance does not guarantee access to health care. Policymakers need to explore and reduce the barriers Medicaid patients face as millions join an already overburdened system.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/expanding-medicaid-coverage-is-not-a-cure-all/2013/06/13/6257f772-d216-11e2-a73e-826d299ff459_story_1.html 

 

 

RESEARCH

 

DSM-5 mixed specifier in manic episodes endorsed

MedWire News 

June 14, 2013

 

Study findings showing depressive features are common during manic episodes in patients with bipolar disorder support the validity of the DSM-5 specifier of "mixed features" in such patients.

http://www.medwirenews.com/47/104526/Psychiatry/DSM-5_mixed_specifier_in_manic_episodes_endorsed.html 

 

 

Schizoaffective disorder the 'most severe' psychosis

MedWire News 

June 14, 2013

 

Schizoaffective disorder may be the most serious of the psychotic disorders in terms of patients' long-term cognitive outcomes, research suggests. 

http://www.medwirenews.com/47/104527/Psychiatry/Schizoaffective_disorder_the_%E2%80%98most_severe%E2%80%99_psychosis.html 

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

Practicing Self-Compassion When You Have a Mental Illness

PsychCentral.com

June 13, 2013

 

...Self-compassion might not seem natural to you right now. Fortunately, it's a skill you can practice. And with more and more practice, you can extend more and more kindness and support your way.

http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2013/06/13/practicing-self-compassion-when-you-have-a-mental-illness/ 

 

 

Inspirational Documentary Fights the Stigma of Mental Illness

National Alliance on Mental Illness

June 13, 2013

 

Funded by California's voter-approved Mental Services Act (Prop. 63), the documentary A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness was created in the hopes of raising awareness and understanding to fight the stigma associated with mental illness.http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=Whats_New43&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=156555 

 

 

PHILANTHROPY

 

New York Community Trust Announces Nearly $7.2 Million in Grants

Philanthropy News Digest

June 14, 2013

 

The New York Community Trust has announced grants totaling nearly $7.2 million to nonprofit organizations in New York City and across the country. Grants were awarded in support of initiatives in the arts, child abuse and violence prevention, community development, education, the environment, health and human services, housing, and substance abuse recovery. 

http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/news/story.jhtml?id=426200013 



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