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A deeper look behind inflation and its impact on Hawaii social determinants of health

| Jul 5, 2022 | Hawaii

Rising inflation costs continue to affect households across the nation, based on the latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) Summary from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 12-month increase for all items was 8.6% as of May 2022, the largest 12-month increase since December 1981.  Experts at the Economic Research...[ Read More ]

Coverage for telephonic behavioral health services among Gov. Ige’s intent to veto bills

| Jul 1, 2022 | Hawaii

Hawaii health care organizations are urging Gov. David Ige to reconsider his intent to veto a bill that would allow insurers to offer telephonic behavioral health services, or audio-only telehealth, as a covered benefit. Ige released his intent to veto list on June 27th, containing a total of 30 bills....[ Read More ]

Maryland Medicaid to prioritize certain groups during initial months of PHE unwinding

| Jun 30, 2022 | Maryland

The Maryland Medicaid Administration under the Department of Health (MDH) provided an update on its preparations for the unwinding of the federal public health emergency (PHE) to members of the Maryland Medicaid Advisory Committee (MMAC) at its June meeting.  MMAC also discussed recent changes to its 1915(c) waiver reports and...[ Read More ]

AHCA reconvenes Medicaid advisory subcommittees for first time since onset of COVID

| Jun 30, 2022 | Florida

Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), which oversees the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care (SMMC) Program is currently in the process of kicking off 5 Medicaid Medical Care Advisory Committee (MCAC) Subcommittees, each pertaining to a specific Medicaid subpopulation. This is the first time the committees will convene since the...[ Read More ]

Mental Health Association of Maryland supports maternal behavioral health initiatives

| Jun 29, 2022 | Maryland

The Mental Health Association of Maryland (MHAMD), one of the state’s top advocates for behavioral health policy reform, continues to support new developments at the federal and state level.      More health leaders are acknowledging the key link between maternal mental and physical health. According to MHAMD, 15-20% of...[ Read More ]

Innovative financing and regional partnerships key to advancing integrated behavioral health in Maryland

| Jun 27, 2022 | Maryland

Maryland is taking steps to improve the integration of behavioral health services in the primary care space, particularly for children and adolescents.  With initiatives such as educating providers, strengthening regional partnerships, and advocating for more cohesive financing, experts are working to address what they identify as a “surge in crisis...[ Read More ]