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Advocate: November 2013
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ADVOCATE SPECIAL REPORT: HEALTHCARE REFORM AND YOU

BY Joel E Miller The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), and specifically the new Medicaid Expansion program, will provide a major opportunity for clinical mental health counselors (CMHCs) to serve as primary mental healthcare providers. 
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EPIGENETICS AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR OUR WORK WITH CLIENTS

By Charlotte Uteg,  Your parents and grandparents suffer from chronic knee pain, obesity, and anxiety. So you and your children are doomed to be limping, chubby worrywarts. Right? 
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COLUMN: FROM THE PRESIDENT'S PERSPECTIVE

By Judith Bertenthal–Smith,    In the midst of all that is happening in Washington surrounding the Affordable Care Act, I have been giving the issue of professional identity a great deal of thought. As president of AMHCA, articulating who we are as professional counselors is critical. 
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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

By James Finley,   The end of the government shutdown has restored routine congressional operations, enabling AMHCA to resume its activity related toMedicare and VA legislation to advance the profession. First up in November is the House and Senate conference committee on the budget for the fiscal year that began on Oct. 1. 
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THE BUSINESS OF PRIVATE PRACTICE

By Deb Legge, PhD,   You might think that the holidays would be a slow time for your private practice. People are busy … kids are home from school … money is tight. Those things are true; however, there is another side to that coin.
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RESEARCH FINDINGS

Men have become less willing to engage in physically challenging activities over the past 35 years, according to a new study by the University of St. Andrews School of Psychology and Neuroscience.
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NOTEWORTHY

In an effort to draw increased attention from the Senate Finance Committee to legislation (S.562) that would provide licensed clinical mental health counselors with Medicare coverage, AMHCA sent a letter on Sept. 30 to the leaders of the Senate committee.
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STUDENT CORNER

By Holly Sawyer, PhD   As graduate counseling students, we learn about self-care for professional counselors. But do you currently practice self-care? Graduate students typically have paid jobs, families, and other responsibilities—in addition to school—that require a lot of time. 
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