#CoverageMatters: Getting Good Care for My Physical and Mental Health
January 17, 2017
In 2013, I got my first assignment for my school newspaper as a photo-journalist at the Boston Marathon. For a few moments, I left my assigned spot to get a coffee with a friend. Then the bombs went off. My assigned spot was rubble. I saw the horror of blood and body parts. Flashbacks and physical distress forced me to eventually leave school.
I’ve suffered from anxiety and depression for many years. It’s even taken a toll on my physical health. After many misdiagnoses, I finally learned that I am living with leukopenia, a decrease in the disease-fighting cells in my blood.
With my post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and physical problems, no coverage was not an option. My mother told me about the Health Insurance Marketplace at HealthCare.gov, and we found a plan that was perfect for me.
I hadn’t realized that the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 requires insurers to provide the same level of coverage for mental health and substance use disorder treatment that they do for medical care. This means they can’t charge higher copays or enforce stricter treatment limits for my mental health care.
The Affordable Care Act strengthened these protections by including mental health care and substance abuse treatment among the essential health benefits that all plans sold on the Marketplace must cover.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
AHRQ News Now: Director Bindman’s departure, patient safety huddles, opportunities for summer fellows
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Monday, January 9, 2017
How do a community of students, administrators, and cafeteria staff work together to reduce the amount of waste to the landfill from their school? In this Spark 101 case challenge, students will review and analyze data from a waste audit to help Sodexo provide recommendations to their client site. To solve the challenge, students will examine various solid waste-types and explore the economic impacts of waste disposal and reduction through a cost/benefit analysis.
At a time when specific groups of students are being targeted, we must ensure that those students specifically know that their schools welcome them and that they will be safe. Nine leading national education organizations to announce a national call to action affirming the right of all students to attend school in an environment free from fear, violence, and intimidation, including those who are black, brown, undocumented, LGBTQ, Muslim, and/or living with disabilities.
Monday, January 23 at 5:00pm Central
Young leaders have a lot of demands placed on them, which is why self-care is so important. How can you be your best you? Find out in this webinar presented by NYLC Youth Advisory Council member Ananya Singh. No registration required.
Deadline: March 1
Each year the PEYA program honors a wide variety of projects developed by young individuals, school classes (kindergarten through high school), summer camps, public interest groups, and youth organizations to promote environmental awareness. Up to two winners will be selected from each of 10 regions - one for Grades K-5 and one for Grades 6-12. Each award-winning project will receive a Presidential plaque.