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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 ]

What They're Watching: Angelo Edge, Aetna Better Health of Maryland

| Jun 24, 2022 | Maryland

Aetna Better Health of Maryland is looking to address the social determinants of health  for vulnerable Marylanders from as many different perspectives as possible, according to CEO Angelo Edge. Through their work with community organizations, Aetna is offering technical and funding support for low-cost housing projects across the state and...[ Read More ]