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Addressing the Opioid Crisis through Medicare Recognition of Mental Health Counselors

This week, Representative Richard Neal (D-MA-1) has introduced H.R.4097 -- The Medicare Beneficiary Opioid Addiction Treatment Act. The new House bill would require Part D coverage of medication assisted treatment (MAT), including sub-oxone and buprenorphine for seniors with opioid...


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The Shifting Sands of ACA Repeal and Replace

Although the House Republican Leadership Bill to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA and also known as Obamacare) has drawn a barrage of criticism – including moderate and conservative Republicans -- since it was introduced this week, the GOP House leaders intend to keep moving...


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House to Move Mental Health Provisions in Cures Bill

Today the U.S. House is expected to take up the 21st Century Cures Act, legislation to increase funding for NIH research and to fight opioid abuse. President Barack Obama and a broad bi-partisan group of legislators support the bill, which has become very lengthy and potentially a source of...


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Advocacy Update

There’s a lot of talk, but little action taking place in Washington this week as the city shifts to unified GOP leadership for the coming year. Following are some of the key issues AMHCA is tackling. Mental health parity threatened by repeal of the ACA? AMHCA members may recall the...

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The New HIPAA - Questions Answered; Advocacy Update January 8, 2016

President's New Gun Rules Alter HIPAA On January 6, 2016 the Department of Health and Human Services issued final rules modifying the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). These final rules make explicit that certain HIPAA-covered entities may disclose certain...


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Prospects for mental health legislation this year?

AMHCA participated in a legislative affairs breakfast on Friday, September 18, 2015 headlined by Rep. Frank Pallone, (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Topics included prospects for mental health and Medicare reforms coming out of the Committee later this year....