Governor Takes Steps to Protect Healthcare Coverage and Equity in NY

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently took steps to protect the health care of New Yorkers in the context of uncertainty about the future of federal health reform. The Governor’s actions will help ensure that New York does not return to a time when insurers could discriminate against people on the basis of race, gender or previous heath conditions. The emergency regulations issued by Governor Cuomo require that all insurers participating in the New York Health Exchange, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs retain core consumer protections included in the Affordable Care Act. These protections are stripped away under the version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed by the House of Representatives on May 4th, which is currently being considered in the Senate. The current version of the AHCA proposes to remove or relax consumer protections, including the requirement that insurers cover ten ‘essential health benefits’ in all...
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Department of Defense to Increase Treatment for Substance Abuse, Mental Health

Department of Defense to Increase Treatment for Substance Abuse, Mental Health
TRICARE, which provides health coverage for active duty and retired service members, their families, and survivors, will expand treatment for substance abuse and mental health care. Almost 9.4 million people are covered under the program. TRICARE, which is run by the Department of Defense, will expand coverage of substance abuse treatment to include intensive outpatient programs for addiction and opioid use disorder. There will no longer be inpatient day limits for mental health care. Previously, adults were only covered for 30 days in inpatient mental health facilities. Children were covered for 45 days.
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