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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 ]

After over a decade, Hawaii to restore adult Medicaid dental benefits

| Jun 23, 2022 | Hawaii

Med-QUEST Division Administrator Judy Mohr Peterson, PhD, had an exciting announcement for members of the Med-QUEST Healthcare Advisory Committee (MHAC) at its meeting on June 22nd: after over 10 years, full Medicaid dental benefits are returning for Hawaii adults.      Due to the financial strain of the Great Recession...[ Read More ]

New pharmacy benefit manager regulations go into effect in Florida July 1st

| Jun 23, 2022 | Florida

Florida pharmacies will receive a new set of audit protections from pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) next month, thanks to a bill passed by the General Assembly last legislative session. Gov. Ron DeSantis signed HB 357, otherwise known as the Florida Pharmacy Act, on June 20th.      PBMs represent health...[ Read More ]

Dr. Kekoa Taparra highlights importance of data disaggregation in Pacific Islander health

| Jun 22, 2022 | Hawaii

Accurate representation of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (NHPI) is sorely needed in the health care system, especially as the long-term impacts of the COVID pandemic continue to arise, according to Native Hawaiian oncologist Kekoa Taparra, MD, PhD.  Paka Ola Lokahi, a non-profit focused on improving Native Hawaiian health, recently...[ Read More ]