GOP Govs Point To Medicaid Flexibility As Means To Reduce Spending
Kaiser Health News.jpg Cuts to Medicaid are among the GOP's strategies for bringing their state budgets under control, according to a report issued by the Republican Governor's Association. But at what cost for the nation, as cuts fall on the backs of people with disabilities and chronic illnesses, and for whom the federal program has become a lifeline to treatment, rehab and recovery? Kaiser Health News has summarized coverage of this story. []
Anatomy of an Epidemic, by Robert Whitaker
If psychiatric medications are doing the job, why are more disabled by a mental illness than 25 years ago? That is the disturbing question, says Dan Herman, that permeates Robert Whitaker's new book, Anatomy of an Epidemic. if our psychiatric treatments are truly effective, why aren't people with mental illness doing better? []
Reactions to Ryan's proposal
. . .fast and furious []
Medicare Part D shortchanges enrollees
. . .who pays? []
States Pushing Managed Long-Term Care For Elderly And Disabled Medicaid Patients
Some states have turned to managed care companies to provide home-based to reign in Medicaid costs. For some this might be advantageous. What will it mean for people in recovery from a mental illness for whom community-based services offers choices and opportunities for reintegration? Read the story from Kaiser Health News, and tell readers of MIWatch if this seems like a strategy that would be appropriate for people receiving Medicaid or Medicare for their psychiatric disability. []

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