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December 2016
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New health secretary could dramatically change U.S. health policy

by ,  /  14 December 2016

Heads of federal agencies such as the Department of Health and Human Services have tremendous independent power — which means Tom Price, if confirmed by the Senate, could make sweeping changes to birth control coverage and medicare payment, among other health policies.

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Landmark mental health bill sails through U.S. Senate

by ,  /  8 December 2016

The 21st Century Cures Act, having passed the U.S. Senate, now goes to President Barack Obama, who has promised to sign it.

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21st Century Cures Act has clear winners and losers

by , ,  /  5 December 2016

A sprawling health bill expected to pass the U.S. Senate and become law before the end of the year is a grab bag for industries that spent plenty of money lobbying to make sure it happened that way.

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Lobbyists swarm around major mental health bill

by ,  /  1 December 2016

More than 1,455 lobbyists representing 400 companies, universities and other organizations have pushed for or against an earlier House version of the 21st Century Cures bill.

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November 2016
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Massive mental health bill faces vote in U.S. Congress

by ,  /  30 November 2016

If passed, the $6.3 billion 21st Century Cures Act would make mental health a national priority.

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Hundreds of jobs go unfilled at Food and Drug Administration

by , ,  /  8 November 2016

The lure of the pharmaceutical industry — along with a slow hiring process — has the Food and Drug Administration’s drug approval team struggling to hire and retain staff.

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Obama task force offers steps to improve mental health coverage

by ,  /  2 November 2016

A presidential task force has made a series of recommendations and provided $9.3 million in funding to help end health care discrimination for individuals with mental health issues or addiction.

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October 2016
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Many children rely on emergency room for psychiatric care

by ,  /  26 October 2016

People with mental health conditions — especially children and the elderly — are more likely than those with physical illnesses to end up in the emergency department for their care.

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September 2016
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Depression is little-discussed as women’s health issue

by ,  /  27 September 2016

Depression is twice as common in women as it is in men, yet many do not receive the help they need, in part due to the stigma surrounding mental health issues.

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Parents battle for children’s mental health services at school

by ,  /  21 September 2016

One in five children in the United States have a psychiatric condition, but schools often lack the training and resources they need to give these students the support they need.

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