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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s Essential Health Benefits (EHB)

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Medicare/Medicaid,Mental Health

The Affordable Care Act requires all non-grandfathered health plans to offer a core package of health care services, known as essential health benefits. Because each state selects its own EHB benchmark plan, considerable variation occurs from state to state. This report discusses the variations and other aspects of essential health benefits under the law. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Child Health USA 2014

Categories: Children,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Mental Health,Statistics

Latest in an annual series of reports on the health status and service needs of infants, children, and adolescents.  Covers factors that influence the health and well-being of children, behaviors that affect their health, and financing and utilization of health services.  From the Health Resources and Services Administration


2014 Mental Health Atlas

Categories: Health/Medical,Mental Health,Statistics,United Nations

Claims to be the best source for information on the global mental health situation.  Provides baseline data against which progress towards the objectives of the Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020 is to be measured.  From the World Health Organization


Hospitalizations Involving Mental and Substance Use Disorders Among Adults, 2012

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Health/Medical,Mental Health,Statistics

Reports that 32% of inpatient stays in 2012 were related to a mental or substance use disorder.  This report also discusses patient characteristics of inpatient stays involving M/SUDs and compares them with other types of stays. From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Early Release of Selected Estimates Based on Data from the 2014 National Health Interview Survey

Updates estimates for 15 selected health measures and presents estimates from 1997 through 2013 for comparison.  The measures include health insurance coverage, physical activity, obesity, smoking and drinking, and psychological distress.   From the National Center for Health Statistics


Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Men’s Use of Mental Health Treatments

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Income/Poverty,Mental Health,Statistics

Uses nationally representative data on frequency of mental health symptoms and related treatment utilization to compare men of color with non-Hispanic white men.  Also examines disparities based on health insurance status, age, and income.  From the National Center for Health Statistics


Serious Psychological Distress Among Adults: United States, 2009-2013

Categories: Headlines,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Mental Health,Statistics

This report compares health insurance and health characteristics between those with and those without serious psychological distress severe enough to cause moderate-to-serious impairment in social, occupational, or school functioning.  Finds that women of all ages are more likely than men to suffer such distress.  From the National Center for Health Statistics


Hospital Readmissions Involving Psychiatric Disorders, 2012

Categories: Health/Medical,Mental Health,Statistics

Between 2003 and 2011, hospitalization for mental disorders increased at a faster rate than for any other type of hospitalization.  The most frequently diagnosed disorders resulting in hospitalization were mood disorders and schizophrenia.  From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


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