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Advocate: December 2013/January 2014
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ADVOCATE SPECIAL REPORT: HEALTHCARE REFORM AND YOU

This is the third in a three-part series on the implications of the Affordable Care Act for clinical mental health counselors:
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AMHCA CEO CONTRIBUTES TO HIGH-LEVEL DISCUSSION ON HEALTHCARE REFORM AT CARTER CENTER MENTAL HEALTH SYMPOSIUM

By Kathleen McCarthy   At the invitation-only, 29th Annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy in early November, AMHCA Executive Director & CEO Joel E. Miller gave a well-received address on healthcare reform.
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COLUMN: NEWS FROM AMHCA'S CEO

By Joel E. Miller,   Unless you have been hiding in a cave in Afghanistan, you know that over the last few months, the launch of healthcare.gov—the federal website established to enroll eligible Americans for health insurance under Obamacare—got off to a pretty rocky start. 
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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

By James Finley,   Congress has a lot on its plate at this year’s end, including major budget issues, the Medicare physician fee extension, and key AMHCA legislation. Regrettably, the two chambers did not agree to many days in session this month, limiting days for joint action to just Dec. 10 through Dec. 13 before adjourning for a month-long holiday recess. 
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THE BUSINESS OF PRIVATE PRACTICE

By Deb Legge, PhD    If you are new to private practice, the whole idea of dealing with insurance companies can be intimidating. Most clients are not aware of their benefits, and even if they are, it’s always good for you to verify the information before you begin working together.
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RESEARCH FINDINGS

Most teenagers who drink alcohol do so with their friends in social settings, but a new study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh reveals that a significant number of adolescents consume alcohol while they are alone.
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NOTEWORTHY

AMHCA’s free webinar on “Medicare and Obamacare Challenges for the Profession” is available online.  Hosted by Deb Legge, PhD, CRC, LMHC, AMHCA's "Businss of Private Practice" columnist and the founder ofwww.InfluentialTherapist.com, the webinar covers the challenges that Accountable Care Organizations pose to the profession as healthcare reform reshapes practice opportunities. 
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STUDENT CORNER

By Christina Javete   Thinking about attending a graduate program and actually working through a graduate program are two completely different things, I’ve discovered. When you’re just thinking about being a graduate student, it’s easy to imagine how your graduate career will be: meeting new friends with interesting ideas, being around professors with a vast amount of knowledge in the counseling field, and knowing you will learn so much more than you did in your undergraduate studies. 
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