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May 1, 2017

Pre-Existing Conditions: How the New Proposed Healthcare Plan Could Deny You Coverage

Pre-Existing Conditions: How the New Proposed Healthcare Plan Could Deny You Coverage Congressional Republicans are dead-set on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, seemingly without regard for making improvements to the system. The President’s promise was more people covered with better care at less cost. That is not what the new GOP proposal would […]

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April 10, 2017

Why Can’t People Get Healthcare in Rural America?

Why Can’t People Get Healthcare in Rural America? There is a medical crisis in rural America. There aren’t enough physicians to meet the needs of small towns, and the problem is only getting worse. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, there are more than 6,600 primary care health professional shortage areas […]

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March 9, 2017

The Impact of the Proposed Republican Reforms to the Affordable Care Act

The Impact of the Proposed Republican Reforms to the Affordable Care Act Americans have gotten their first glimpse of proposed Republican reforms to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the news is not good for those who suffer from addiction and other vulnerable populations. The changes could make it impossible for many who currently have […]

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January 30, 2017

The United States’ Greatest Barriers to Improved Mental Health Care Services and What Advocates Can Do to Enhance Care

The United States’ Greatest Barriers to Improved Mental Health Care Services and What Advocates Can Do to Enhance Care What stops people who need mental health treatment from getting the support they need? While on average one in five American adults experiences some form of mental illness every year, just over 40% of people living […]

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January 25, 2017

How Medicaid’s Addiction Treatment Services Will Change as a Block-Grant Program

How Medicaid’s Addiction Treatment Services Will Change as a Block-Grant Program Last weekend Counselor to the President, Kellyanne Conway, said in an interview that replacing the Affordable Care Act could include a shift in Medicaid’s financing to block grants. Since it was created in 1965, Medicaid has been a open-ended federal entitlement program, meaning that […]

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January 17, 2017

Opioid Addiction is Predictable and Potentially Avoidable if Physicians Change Screening Habits

Opioid Addiction is Predictable and Potentially Avoidable if Physicians Change Screening Habits Most people only use prescription opioids for a short period of time. According to a new study published in PAIN, The Journal of the International Association for the Study of Pain, less than two percent of people prescribed opioid-based pain killers are still […]

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January 3, 2017

Changing the Brain: The Case for Incorporating Mind-Body Therapies into Addiction Treatment Programs

Changing the Brain: The Case for Incorporating Mind-Body Therapies into Addiction Treatment Programs Mind-body therapies like meditation, acupuncture, and yoga have been practiced for thousands of years and offer practical methods to decrease stress levels and improve mood. But there’s more to mind-body therapies than meets the eye. While traditional medicine is slow to acknowledge […]

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December 29, 2016

Making New Year’s Resolutions that Work in 2017

Making New Year’s Resolutions that Work in 2017 The key to making and keeping New Year’s resolutions is that they have to involve a complete lifestyle change. Throwing money at a gym membership without a solid plan to change your lifestyle results in squandered money and disappointment. Here are six tips to help you create […]

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December 13, 2016

Celebrate Your Nice List: Here’s Your Holiday Shopping Guide for Loved Ones in Recovery from Addiction

Celebrate Your Nice List: Here’s Your Holiday Shopping Guide for Loved Ones in Recovery from Addiction Holiday shopping season is in full swing. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for a loved one new to recovery, here are a few classic gift ideas you can be sure will make them smile and support their […]

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December 6, 2016

Here’s How Stress Recalibrates Your Brain, Driving Alcohol Consumption

Here’s How Stress Recalibrates Your Brain, Driving Alcohol Consumption Stress creates feelings that we sometimes deal with in maladaptive ways. A long wait at the post office might stress you so much that you choose to stay home with pizza and a movie. Caring for an ailing parent might start you on a path of […]

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