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HRSA awards total of $66 million to support behavioral health workforce

| Jun 11, 2021 | Federal

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) this week awarded $22 million to 56 recipients across the country as part of its Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program for Professionals. The program, which provides grant money to professional training programs and institutes of higher education, aims to increase...[ Read More ]

An update on the national health policy agenda after the president’s budget submission

| Jun 7, 2021 | Federal

President Biden’s first budget submission, which he sent to Congress at the end of last month, is surprising in what it omits. Several high-profile health proposals from the 2020 campaign are mentioned in the text but are not tied to specific proposals. While Congress is free to take up ideas...[ Read More ]

SCOTUS ruling opens door for health plans to interact with members via text messaging

| Jun 2, 2021 | Federal

A recent US Supreme Court ruling opens the door for health plans to interact with members via text messaging. Abner Mason, Founder and CEO of ConsejoSano, describes the ruling as a “game changer for health plans and other health care stakeholders” and their ability to communicate with members in their...[ Read More ]

Don Crane announces he is leaving America’s Physician Groups

Emily Boerger | Jun 1, 2021 | Federal

In an email sent Tuesday morning, America’s Physician Groups (APG) President and CEO Don Crane announced he will be leaving the association. Crane has led APG, which represents over 340 physician groups with approximately 195,000 physicians, for 21 years. In his email, Crane wrote: “It has been an honor and privilege...[ Read More ]

Pharmacy deserts more common in Black and Hispanic/Latino neighborhoods

Emily Boerger | May 27, 2021 | Federal

A recent Health Affairs study finds pharmacy deserts, defined as neighborhoods with low geographic access to pharmacies, in the United States are more common in Black and Hispanic/Latino neighborhoods compared to white or diverse neighborhoods. The study examined the accessibility of pharmacies across the thirty most populous US cities throughout...[ Read More ]

Murray laying the groundwork for public option legislation

Michael Goldberg | May 26, 2021 | Federal, Washington

U.S Senator Patty Murray (D – WA) and U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D – NJ) are asking for input on how to structure legislation to develop a public health insurance option. In a letter addressed to the public Wednesday, Murray and Pallone Jr. wrote that they are requesting information on the...[ Read More ]

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