Category Archives: Intersection

A Few Pointers To Help Save Money And Avoid The Strain Of Medicare Enrollment

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Older or disabled Americans with Medicare coverage have probably noticed an uptick in mail solicitations from health insurance companies, which can mean only one thing: It’s time for the annual Medicare open enrollment.

Most beneficiaries have from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 to decide which of dozens of private plans offer the best drug coverage for 2018 or whether it’s better to leave traditional Medicare and get a drug and medical combo policy called Medicare Advantage.

Some tips for the novice and reminders for those who have been here before can make the process a little easier. Continue reading A Few Pointers To Help Save Money And Avoid The Strain Of Medicare Enrollment

Hospitals Step In To Help House The Homeless. Will It Make A Difference?

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During the five years Tony Price roamed the streets and dozed in doorways, the emergency rooms of Sacramento’s hospitals were a regular place for him to sleep off a hard day’s drinking.

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Prisoners With Serious Mental Illnesses Held In Isolation For Up To Six Years. Where? In Federal Prisons. – Pete Earley

(10-16-17) Public outrage about how Americans with mental illnesses were treated inside state mental hospitals helped spark de-institutionalization. So where is that anger and fury now when it comes to abuses of Americans with mental illnesses currently being warehoused in our jails and prisons? This week, the Chicago Sun Times newspaper reported: “Thousands of  (IllinoisClick to continue…

Source: Prisoners With Serious Mental Illnesses Held In Isolation For Up To Six Years. Where? In Federal Prisons. – Pete Earley

Social Class May Influence Autism Diagnosis – Disability Scoop

Even as autism prevalence has increased, new research finds that the likelihood of getting diagnosed with the developmental disorder remains largely tied to socioeconomics.

Source: Social Class May Influence Autism Diagnosis – Disability Scoop

Early Medicaid Expansion Associated With Reduced Payday Borrowing In California

We examined the impact of California’s early Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act on the use of payday loans, a form of high-interest borrowing used by low- and middle-income Americans. Using a data set for the period 2009–13 (roughly twenty-four months before and twenty-four months after the 2011–12 Medicaid expansion) that covered the universe of payday loans from five large payday lenders with locations around the United States, we used a difference-in-differences research design to assess the effect of the expansion on payday borrowing, comparing trends in early-expansion counties in California to those in counties nationwide that did not expand early.

The early Medicaid expansion was associated with an 11 percent reduction in the number of loans taken out each month. It also reduced the number of unique borrowers each month and the amount of payday loan debt. We were unable to determine precisely how and for whom the expansion reduced payday borrowing, since to our knowledge, no data exist that directly link payday lending to insurance status. Nonetheless, our results suggest that Medicaid reduced the demand for high-interest loans and improved the financial health of American families.

Source: Early Medicaid Expansion Associated With Reduced Payday Borrowing In California

NAMI CA HERITAGE MONTH NEWSLETTER-9.30.17

Each year we observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. It is a time to celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of people whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin American Countries.
The day of September 15 is significant because it marks the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries that include Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Furthermore, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence on September 16 and September 18, respectively.
“The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.” (Source)
NAMI California recognizes the importance of embracing our diverse communities and striving for inclusiveness within the mental health system. Therefore during the following months we will highlight specific heritage, history and affiliate community engaging activities.

Source: NAMI CA HERITAGE MONTH NEWSLETTER-9.30.17