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April, 2013



Texas House overwhelmingly approves $93B budget

Austin American-Statesman

April 5, 2013


(AP) - Clashes over Medicaid expansion could not be averted, ...Yet even those scrapes never escalated into full-on battles, and most House members left satisfied over more money for public schools, college campuses and mental health. 



School marshal bill passes House committee

Dallas Morning News

April 4, 2013


...Under the legislation, volunteer school marshals would be required to undergo extensive training and a mental health evaluation. 



House Flip-Flops on Medicaid Expansion Proposal

Texas Observer

April 4, 2013


... During Thursday's day-long House debate on the 2014-2015 state budget, one of the 267 pre-filed amendments, brought forth by Rep. Lon Burnam (D-Fort Worth), would have required the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to create a plan for more efficient health care options for those new potential Medicaid recipients, but only if the state chose to expand Medicaid eligibility first. 



House Backtracks on Medicaid Amendment

Texas Tribune

April 4, 2013


Hours after approving the measure, the Texas House backpedaled on an amendment to the 2013-14 budget that would have opened the door to negotiations on expanding Medicaid, a key provision of federal health care reform. 



A Familiar Reluctance to Health Care Expansion in Texas

Texas Tribune

April 5, 2013


...Go back to 1997. The federal government offered to send piles of money to states to start a new health care and insurance program. In Texas, a majority of the state's officeholders and lawmakers were skeptical, worried about creating new entitlements and wary of creating a program that started with attractive federal enticements but could end up draining the state budget. 



Mentally ill in youth prisons outnumber gang members

Grits for Breakfast

April 4, 2013


The number of mentally ill youth locked up in Texas Juvenile Justice Department secure facilities now exceeds the number of gang members, AP reported this week. 



Mental health facility files for Ch. 11

San Antonio Express News

April 4, 2013


A San Antonio outpatient mental health facility is vowing to remain open as long as possible after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on the eve of foreclosure. La Paz Community Health Care Center, a for-profit corporation owned by a husband and wife, said it would continue caring for patients. 





Without Reviews, Inmates Can Get Lost In U.S. Prison System


April 5, 2013


...Bowman and other experts say the inmates most vulnerable to overstays are the mentally ill - about half the inmates currently incarcerated, according to a government study...Neal says the mentally ill often spend long periods in jail without charges because state hospitals are often full. 



Mental Illness a Frequent Cell Mate for Those Behind Bars

U.S. News and World Report

April 5, 2013


According to a recent study published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, the link between prison time and mental illness is a two-way street. 



Gun restriction irks mental health advocates

The Connecticut Mirror

April 4, 2013


Would lawmakers, eager to pass a strong response to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, adopt restrictive measures against people with mental illness? Would the new law treat people with mental illness as sources of violence, even though they're more likely to be the victims? Family support essential to treating mental illness, experts say. 



Professor wins $1.8M grant for depression study

Austin American-Statesman

April 5, 2013


NEW ORLEANS - A Tulane University assistant professor of neuroscience and cell and molecular biology has a five-year federal grant to buy new lab equipment and hire researchers for a study of the role of a brain receptor in treating depression. 



Holmes Psychiatrist Warned Of Threat Before Attack


April 5, 2013


CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - A psychiatrist who treated James Holmes told campus police a month before the Colorado theater attack that Holmes had homicidal thoughts and was a danger to the public, according to documents released Thursday. 





Obama's Budget To Spare Medicaid From Deep Cuts


April 04, 2013


WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's budget next week will steer clear of major cuts to Medicaid, including tens of billions in reductions to the health care plan for the poor that the administration had proposed only last year. 



House Plan Would Ease Medicare Into Pay-for-Performance

Medscape News

April 4, 2013


Physician reimbursement in Medicare would gradually shift to a hybrid of fee-for-service (FFS) and pay-for-performance with an option for unspecified "alternative payment models" under a plan that leading House Republicans unveiled yesterday. 



Paper Offers Options on Limiting Higher Health Rates

New York Times

April 4, 2013


WASHINGTON - ... A paper drafted by a panel of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners analyzes steps that states can take to "mitigate expected premium increases." 



Most individual health insurance isn't good enough for Obamacare

CNN Money

April 3, 2013


Just over half of the individual plans currently on the market do not meet the standards to be sold next year, when many key provisions of President Obama's Affordable Care Act kick in, according to a University of Chicago study. 



Common Ground on Medicare Emerges

Wall Street Journal

April 4, 2013          


... The concept of merging the deductibles for Medicare Part A insurance, which covers hospital stays, and Part B, which covers doctors' services, is one of the few ideas that appeals to both parties. Seniors who have a serious illness could pay less, but for most seniors, the net effect would be an increase in their out-of-pocket expenses. 



HHS sets rules for ObamaCare 'navigators'

The Hill

April 3, 2013


The Health and Human Services Department (HHS) on Wednesday outlined the standards for "navigators" who will help consumers shop for health insurance in new marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act. 



Immigrant Docs Help Ease California's Primary Care Shortage

Kaiser Health News

April 4, 2013


... Many other immigrant physicians never become American doctors, particularly those who come from Latin American countries like Chavez.   But a program at the University of California is seeking to change that, while at the same time helping to address the shortage of primary care doctors in the state. 





Do we want disease care or health care?

Austin American-Statesman

April 4, 2013


Americans - and Central Texans - have a choice to make between a disease-care system and a true health care system. It is a choice that affects both the fiscal and physical health of our nation. 



When it comes to Medicare, Barack Obama needs to become the explainer-in-chief

Dallas Morning News

April 4, 2013


... When you look at the facts, it is clear that Medicare is not sustainable over time. Over the last six years, for example, the program has met more than 45 percent of its expenses through general revenues, not through a Medicare trust fund. 



Disability insurance, out of control

Chicago Tribune

April 5, 2013


...But there's another reason: the Social Security disability program. Over the past two decades, the number of workers on the disability rolls has more than doubled, to 8.5 million...As it happens, though, the rules were changed to make qualifying for disability easier than before. Today, disabilities are most often based on mental illnesses or "musculoskeletal" afflictions.,0,4082944.story 





Public Support Can Influence Soldiers' Mental Health, Bug Killing Study Suggests

Science Daily

April 4, 2013


David Webber used a psychological experiment involving woodlice as part of his study showing that the level of public support for a war could influence the level of mental distress soldiers feel when they arrive home. 



College Sports Could Raise Players' Risk for Depression, Study Finds


April 5, 2013


Current college athletes are twice as likely to be depressed as former athletes, researchers have found. The findings suggest the need for further research to learn more about depression among college athletes, the Georgetown University investigators said. 



Studying Repeat Suicide-Related Behavior In Youth

Medical News Today

April 5, 2013


New research out of St. Michael's Hospital has found that multiple factors independently predict what makes youth more likely to make repeat suicide-related behavior...factors such as permanent removal from the parental home by the courts due to maltreatment, neighborhood size or income, gender, severity of first visit to an emergency department, age or having a mental disorder made youth significantly more likely to repeat suicide-related behavior. 



CBT improves dysfunctional attitudes, memory in bipolar disorder

MedWire News

April 5, 2013


Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) improves dysfunctional attitudes and is associated with a reduction in residual symptoms in euthymic patients with bipolar disorder, results from a French study show.,_memory_in_bipolar_disorder.html 



Psychiatrists recognize impaired functioning in schizophrenia

MedWire News

April 5, 2013


Results from a global survey of psychiatrists indicate that they perceive their patients with schizophrenia to have impaired social and personal functioning. 





After An Arrest: Understanding the Courts: A Q&A interview with Dr. Catherine Cerulli

National Alliance on Mental Illness

April 4, 2013


...Q: How can family members advocate for a loved one with mental illness who has been arrested?

A: I think you want the defense attorney to do their best. It's important to be a resource to the defense attorney. It's important for the family to know that the defense attorney works for the client and they have an obligation to the client-they are not doing you a favor. 




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