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Advocate: October 2013
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HEALTHCARE REFORM—A SPECIAL REPORT: HOW WILL IT AFFECT YOU AND YOUR PRACTICE?

BY Joel E. Miller  Over the last three years, much of the media attention to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Affordable Care Act, or ACA) has focused on Congressional attempts to repeal it, healthcare reform debates during the 2012 presidential election, and recent Supreme Court decisions related to the ACA.
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HEALTHCARE REFORM: THE 'THREE-LEGGED STOOL' OF HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM UNDER THE ACA

By Joel E. Miller   The Affordable Care Act represents the most significant transformation of our health insurance market in more than 40 years. One of the law’s key goals is to fix the broken small-group and non-group insurance markets—where small businesses and people not covered through their jobs get their health insurance. 
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HEALTHCARE REFORM: 20 STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO BE READY FOR IT

By Joel E. Miller   With the open-enrollment period under the ACA rapidly approaching, mental health counselors should take steps now to learn about the law’s provisions, about how to can take advantage of the opportunities it presents for private practitioners, and about how to help the uninsured understand the ACA’s benefits.
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COLUMN: NEWS FROM AMHCA'S CEO

By Joel E. Miller   Another shooting rampage took place in September, this time at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. Twelve people were killed and several injured—by a person with a mental illness—sending another shockwave through our collective soul, here in Washington and across the nation.
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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

By James Finley,   Congress is currently experiencing great disarray over legislation to fund ongoing government operations, raise the debt ceiling, and halt implementation of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. 
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THE BUSINESS OF PRIVATE PRACTICE

By Deb Legge, PhD,   One way to increase your market is to put your practice online. It’s also a great way to offer more options to your clients, and to have a business that can move with you.
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NOTEWORTHY

10/01/13   The public comment period on Draft #2 of CACREP’s 2016 Standards opened Sept. 5, 2013, and runs through Jan. 10, 2014. CACREP posted two documents that it requests be read in their entirety prior to submitting feedback on the Standards:
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STUDENT CORNER

By April Krowel,    Krowel received her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Ball State University and is now a second-year doctoral student in Counseling Psychology, with a specialization in Psychological Assessment, at Ball State University. 
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