Category Archives: US News

Some Veterans Are Committing Suicide While Waiting To Receive Mental Health Care From The Government | ThinkProgress

Sad how little priority we give to Veterans, after they give everything for their country.

Some Veterans Are Committing Suicide While Waiting To Receive Mental Health Care From The Government | ThinkProgress.

Many Consumers With High-Deductible Plans Are Concerned About Health Law Changes – The Washington Post

If you’re not concerned now, you may be soon.

Many Consumers With High-Deductible Plans Are Concerned About Health Law Changes – The Washington Post.

CDC: Childhood obesity rates falling in many states

Finally, some good news!

CDC: Childhood obesity rates falling in many states.

Abandoned Walmart is Now America’s Largest Library | WebUrbanist

To quote the great Vanessa Query of the blog Theycallmeoystergirl.com:  “I love libraries. I love the renovating of abandoned albatrosses of buildings. I love Wal-Marts shutting down. Therefore, I love this story.” Me, too, Vanessa! Thanks for the link!

Abandoned Walmart is Now America’s Largest Library | WebUrbanist.

Changing gut bacteria through diet affects brain function, UCLA study shows – UCLA Health and Medicine News

Yogurt can change your life.  Yes, I eat yogurt almost every day.

Changing gut bacteria through diet affects brain function, UCLA study shows – UCLA Health and Medicine News.

ODI: Health insurance premiums to increase 41 percent | wkyc.com

Then again, maybe not.

ODI: Health insurance premiums to increase 41 percent | wkyc.com.

Sheldon Whitehouse Focuses on Mental Health

From the Whitehouse press office:

Washington, DC – Today, President Obama hosted a National Conference on Mental Health at the White House to discuss ways to help the millions of Americans who struggle with mental health conditions and substance use disorders.  U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a strong advocate for legislation to improve care coordination for mental health patients, was with former Congressman Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) among the invited guests at today’s conference.

“For too long, Americans suffering from mental-health conditions have been misunderstood, misdiagnosed, and poorly treated,” said Whitehouse.  “We’ve made great strides to improve care for these individuals in recent years, particularly through the mental health parity law championed by Congressman Kennedy, but there is still more we can do.  I look forward to working with President Obama and his Administration on this important issue.”

Over the past several years, Senator Whitehouse has emerged as one of the leaders in Congress on mental health issues.  He strongly supported Congressman Kennedy’s Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act in 2008, and in 2010 Whitehouse and Kennedy teamed up to introduce the Health Information Technology (HIT) Extension for Behavioral Health Services Act.  That bill would have made federal HIT incentives available to behavioral health, mental health, and substance abuse treatment providers who are currently ineligible to receive incentives available to a majority of medical professionals and facilities.  Whitehouse has continued working on that legislation since Kennedy’s retirement, and plans to reintroduce an updated version of it later this year.

Senator Whitehouse has also been working to amend the Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education Program to enable federal support for the training of mental health providers at children’s psychiatric hospitals, like Bradley Hospital in Rhode Island.

Today’s conference at the White House featured appearances by President Obama, Vice President Biden, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, as well as mental health advocates, educators, health care providers, faith leaders, and individuals who have struggled with mental health conditions.  Actors Glenn Close and Bradley Cooper also participated.

The event was a part of the Administration’s effort to launch a national conversation to increase understanding and awareness of mental health.

Wisconsin Hospitals Make Cuts Due to Sequestration, High Deductible Health Plans

Just pointing out the obvious here:  when people don’t seek health care because their deductible is too high, they are effectively blocked from getting the care they need.  And also, the economy suffers.

 

Sequester, high deductible insurance leads to Ministry staff cuts – News – WSAU News/Talk 550AM 99.9FM.

The Adjuncts, United, Will Never be Defeated

I have a soft spot for adjuncts, because more than a few of my friends are in the awkward position of being rich intellectually but poor financially.  What does it say about our priorities when we cannot pay our higher education professionals a living wage?

Adjuncts from more than 20 Boston-area colleges announce plans to unionize – Babson – Your Campus – Boston.com.

Providence Zombie Protest Gets Talked About Again

Once again, the Providence Zombie protest is in the national education spotlight! Also in the spotlight, however, is some very bad behavior on the part of a teacher. Totally unacceptable and terrible role modeling!

U.S. Dept. of Ed. Protesters Turn Fierce Rhetoric on Corporate Reform – Politics K-12 – Education Week.

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