Mental-health Coverage To Get A Big Boost Under Obamacare

Mental Health Legislation, Not Gun Control, Focus of Congress After Navy Yard Shooting

Second, plans offered in the marketplace have to cover preventive services without charging customers a co-payment or coinsurance even if you havent met your yearly deductible. But the services have to be delivered by a network provider. The Kaiser Family Foundation noted in a report released this month that benefits will be extended in many cases to cover services typically now excluded, such as mental health. Starting next year, health plans wont be able to deny coverage or charge you more because of a pre-existing health condition, including a mental illness. Think this issue doesnt affect you?
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In 2010, he fired his gun into the apartment floor of his upstairs neighbor, was arrested and let go. He was discharged from the U.S. Navy and was seeking treatment for mental illness. Yet he still managed to clear a background check and purchase a shotgun in Virginia, before turning the weapon on workers at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., and killing 12 people Monday. [ READ: Navy Yard Shooting Won’t Change Gun Politics in Congress ] The violence at the Navy Yard has led some on Capitol Hill to contemplate resurrecting the background check compromise legislation that was narrowly defeated in the Senate in April 54 to 46.
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Reform Is Needed With The Mental Health Care System In America

However, around this time the push for de-institutionalization began. The movement grew due to economics, abuses within the hospitals, and the introduction of psychological medications. Economically it was perceived more cost-effective to create outpatient facilities with fewer staff members compared to a large psychiatric inpatient hospital. Adding fuel to the fire, several mental institutions were found to have poor living conditions, problems with overcrowding, and even instances of patient abuse. People with intellectual disabilities and sometimes physical disabilities were often incorrectly placed in these institutions with the mentally ill. During all of this, pharmacological medications came into these mental institutions and offered a different approach to treatment. While these medications gave hope to many, it was the beginning of the current trend of emphasizing medication and ignoring more traditional psychological approaches.
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The New York State Office of Mental Health Selects Document Storage Systems, Inc. vxVistA as New Electronic Health Record

The OMH EHR will provide accessibility to patients’ records across the continuum of care. DSS will also provide the following modules to enhance the OMH’s efforts: — vxComputerized Patient Record System — vxClinical Note Templates and; — vxRelease of Information “We look forward to the OMH’s success as they leverage our VistA-based EHR expertise to achieve their goals,” said Mark Byers, CEO and president of DSS. “This partnership signifies an important move by the OMH, as mental health care organizations push to better utilize EHRs in order to achieve targeted patient outcomes and care delivery.” DSS developed vxVistA based on the VA’s award-winning VistA system, which is proven to reduce costs and enhance the quality of patient care. To learn more about vxVistA, visit or About Document Storage Systems, Inc. (DSS, Inc.) DSS is a leading health information technology (HIT) software development and systems integration company.
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