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Your Input is Needed: Survey on Parity in Mental Health and Substance Use Services

Beth Hess - Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Your Input is Needed MCF is working with the Maryland Parity at 10 Campaign to disseminate a consumer survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Z975WPC) to help us understand consumer experiences when seeking mental health and substance use disorder (MH/SUD) treatment through insurance coverage. With 290 people dying every day from either drug overdose or suicide, your respo ..

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Your Voice Matters: Getting Ready for the Next Election

Beth Hess - Monday, May 21, 2018
2018 is an important election year for Marylanders. In addition to the Governor and Lieutenant Governor, many other national and state political offices are up for election. It is important to register to vote and then to exercise your right to vote. Primary elections are coming up – they will be held on June 26, and you must be registered to vote before June 5 to parti ..

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Annapolis Legislative Update: Your Voice Made a Difference!

Beth Hess - Wednesday, April 11, 2018
The legislative session in Annapolis ended at midnight on April 9, 2018. There is much good news to report, but a few disappointments as well on bills that MCF supported. SB 185/HB 160 – the FY19 Budget Bill – which included the 3.5% behavioral health provider rate increase that was provided for in last year’s HOPE Act, passed. SB 288/HB 226 – Public Health – Overd ..

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Action Alert: Fight New Health Care Legislation!

Beth Hess - Friday, September 22, 2017
The Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson Health Care Proposal, introduced in the U.S. Senate last week, is the worst “repeal and replace” effort yet. Governor Hogan has joined a bi-partisan group of other governors in opposing the bill. While both Senator Cardin and Senator Van Hollen already oppose the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson health care proposal, which ..

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Action Alert: Call TODAY about the Health Care Bill

Beth Hess - Monday, July 24, 2017
See the below action alert from FREDLA (http://www.fredla.org) and contact your senator today! Capitol Hill Update - Monday, July 24, 2017 While we still do not know which health care bill the Senate will consider on Tuesday, we have gotten confirmation this weekend that a vote will happen tomorrow. There are different versions of various bills under consideration. No ..

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National Call-in Day on Wednesday, July 12

Beth Hess - Tuesday, July 11, 2017
The Senate returned today from recess and is trying to bring the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) (https://medicaid.publicrep.org/feature/the-senate-bill/) to the floor for a vote as early as next week. It is critical that the Senate continue to hear that any bill with cuts and caps to Medicaid is unacceptable. In addition to continuing the great state-based even ..

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Action Alert: Contact Your Senators about the Health Care Bill

Beth Hess - Friday, June 23, 2017
The Senate health care bill has been unveiled and it looks to be just as devastating as the House bill. Millions of Americans will lose health care coverage, higher insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs will hit millions more, and protections for people with mental health and/or substance use disorders will be stripped. People with disabilities and senior citizens wi ..

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Federal Legislative Action Alert: Urge Passage of Senate Bill 2680

Beth Hess - Wednesday, May 18, 2016
The Mental Health Reform Act of 2016 (S.2680) will: Combat suicide Increase the mental health workforce Strengthen enforcement of the mental health parity law Invest in early intervention Promote integration of health and mental health care Strengthen community crisis response systems S. 2680 has passed out of committee, but still needs to be voted on by the ..

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