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APA RESPONSE TO PRESIDENTIAL ORDER ON ACA

APA President Antonio E. Puente, Ph.D. has issued a statement in response to the president’s executive order to allow trade associations and other groups to offer their own health plans. In part Dr. Puente said: “Today, health plans are competing on how efficiently and effectively they provide care, but the president’s executive order, if carried out, would take us backward by letting plans once again compete on how few services they cover and ignore state health insurance protections. We are deeply disappointed that the administration is continuing to try to dismantle our health care system, instead of trying to increase enrollment and stabilize insurance markets.”

Click here to read the full statement.


APA OFFERS RESOURCES FOR COPING WITH MASS SHOOTINGS

The American Psychological Association has released a statement on the Las Vegas shootings and mental health responses to it. It includes advice on how to talk to children as well as a public health approach to gun problems. The statement, including links, can be found here.


APA WELCOMES WITHDRAWAL OF CASSIDY-GRAHAM

American Psychological Association (APA) President Antonio Puente, Ph.D. made the following statement in response to the withdrawal of the Cassidy-Graham bill:

“We are grateful to Senators John McCain, Susan Collins and the others who opposed the Cassidy-Graham health care legislation because of its projected harmful effects on insurance coverage, Medicaid and access to mental health and substance use services. We now ask Congress to take the constructive steps needed to strengthen the health insurance exchanges and increase coverage options.

“Medicaid is more cost-effective than private-sector coverage and is a lifeline for millions of Americans with mental health and substance use disorders and other chronic health conditions.”  Continue reading.


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