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Cbo Lowers Estimate Of Health Care Law Costs

We're experiencing a few technical issues. Try again By submitting you agree to our Terms of Service Your Take contributions have not been reviewed for accuracy by USA TODAY. Contributors agree to our Terms of Service and are responsible for the content of their videos and photos. Please report any content that violates the terms. Kelly Kennedy, USA TODAY 5:03 p.m. EDT April 14, 2014 Elizabeth Rich points to a Web page for the Affordable Care Act as she helps people sign up for insurance at Swope Health Services on March 31 in Kansas City, Mo. (Photo: Charlie Riedel, AP) SHARE 461 CONNECT 78 TWEET 98 COMMENTEMAILMORE WASHINGTON The Affordable Care Act will cost $5 billion less than originally projected for 2014, according to a Congressional Budget Office report released Monday.
CBO lowers estimate of health care law costs

AIDS activists petition to put L.A. health commission on Nov. 4 ballot -

Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) has a bill that would do so. The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act is more comprehensive than other recent efforts to reform the system and perhaps has the brightest prospects in a divided Congress. The bill would reorganize the billions the federal government pours into mental health services, prioritizing initiatives backed by solid evidence and tracking their success. It would change the way Medicaid pays or, in this case, underpays for certain mental health treatments. It would fund mental health clinics that meet certain medical standards. And it would push states to adopt policies that allow judges to order some severely mentally ill people to undergo treatment. Not everyone is satisfied. Some patients advocates have condemned Mr. Murphys approach as coercive and harmful to those who need help. The government should not be expanding the systems capability to hospitalize or impose treatment on those going through severe episodes, they say.
Mental health care in the U.S. needs a check-up - The Washington Post

Mental health care in the U.S. needs a check-up - The Washington Post

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation and other supporters of the measure submitted 103,093 signatures to the City Clerk's office mid-day Monday; 67,635 signatures are required to certify a measure for the Nov. 4 ballot. The council could choose to adopt the proposal or place it on the ballot, Weinstein said. Weinstein said backers of the measure had been in contact with council members about the proposal, and that they were "looking for common ground." Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of the county's public health department, called the ballot initiative "a bureaucratic solution in search of a problem," noting that the county Board of Supervisors already appoints members of a public health commission to review programs. The new petition was filed less than three months after a court struck down a previous and controversial ballot health and fitness measure from Weinstein's organization that, if approved by voters, would have required the city to end its health services contracts with the county and set up an independent department of health within 120 days. City and county officials opposed that effort , arguing that creating a new department would be disastrous for public health and for the city's finances. City officials estimated last year that it would cost $261 million a year to operate a separate health department. The new proposal calls on the council to study whether it would be feasible for the city to create an independent health department.,0,5809828.story

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