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Appealing Your Insurer’s Decision Not To Pay

Appealing Your Insurer’s Decision Not To Pay If your health insurance company does not cover your specific health care provider or service, you have the right to ask for an appeal. For prescription drugs, an “exceptions” process is also available. To learn more about the exceptions process, read “Know Your Rights.” Directions are listed on […]


What To Know About Getting Your Prescription Medications

Health plans will help pay the cost of certain prescription medications. You may be able to buy other medications, but medications on your plan’s “formulary” (approved list) usually will be less expensive for you. Does my new insurance plan cover my prescription?  To find out which prescriptions are covered through your new Marketplace plan: • […]


What You Should Know About Seeing Your Doctor

What You Should Know About  Seeing Your Doctor Most health plans give you the best deal on services when you see a doctor who has a contract with your health plan. While you may be able to see doctors who don’t contract with your plan, visiting an “in network” provider usually means you will have lower […]


“SafeTALK: Suicide Alertness for Everyone” Training Review

The District of Columbia Department of Mental Health regularly conducts a free three-hour training entitled “SafeTALK: Suicide Alertness for Everyone”. Although open to anyone over the age of 15, the majority of attendees tend to be employees of the Department of Behavioral Health who needed to earn continuing education credits. This author recently attended one of them. This […]

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Avatar Assisted Therapy at the “Brave New World”

At the “Brave New World: Using Technology to Enhance Behavioral Health” Symposium Dick Dillon addressed the challenges of limited accessibility of traditional addiction treatment. This symposium took place on March 8, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland.  Dick Dillon is the founder and CEO of Innovaision, LLC and his co-presenter, Dave Ennis, MS, is the Western Region […]


What’s New Update 2013- Dr. Henry Fraimow

TB and HIV Co-Infection Update: Global Becomes Local Dr. Henry Fraimow, an infectious disease specialist and associate professor of medicine at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, spoke to a group of health care professionals on 11 April 2013 in Baltimore, MD.  Dr. Fraimow discussed TB and HIV […]

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Movie Review: Bob and the Monster

Bob and the Monster is an award-winning documentary that tells the story of musician and addiction counselor Bob Forrest. Director Keidra Bahruth does a masterful job of recreating the frenetic rock and roll lifestyle of her subject with a visually engaging mix of home movie footage, animated sequences and interviews. This movie is also a […]


Ask an Expert about the Affordable Care Act

We are fortunate to have board members who bring a real wealth of knowledge and experience to our work. This month Dr. Ron Manderscheid provides expert answers to questions about the ACA (reposted from http://www.fascenter.samhsa.gov/askTheExpert/Oct2013.aspx)   Questions & Answers about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – October 2013 Welcome Welcome to this month’s edition of “Ask the […]