Center for Health Policy

Nebraska Health Policy Academy Application Deadline This Friday, December 13, 2013

If you haven’t gotten a team together to apply for the Nebraska Health Policy Academy (HPA), you still have time!

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE FRIDAY DECEMBER 13, 2013: APPLY HERE

If you are interested in learning about the health policy process that will help you link your everyday practice work to relevant policy issues, then you have come to the right place for you. The HPA is a competency-based training program designed to strengthen the capacity of state, local, and tribal health leaders and their key partners to understand the health policy process.  The Academy uses a hands-on approach grounded in problem solving, decision-making and leadership.

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE FRIDAY DECEMBER 13, 2013: APPLY HERE

Please contact Kelly Shaw-Sutherland at kshawsutherland@unmc.edu for further information or questions. The next cohort will begin January 2014.

Mental Health Coverage Expanded to Most Insurance Plans

In 2008, the Mental Health Parity Act was passed into law. Today, Bloomberg reports that the final mental health and substance use disorder parity rule was issued, expanding mental health coverage to most insurance plans and ensuring equal treatment for mental health patients. The ruling ensures access to intermediate levels of care for residential treatment and outpatient mental health services and clarifies plan participant disclosure rights, including how deductible and visit limits are not more restrictive for mental health care, in general. It also requires insurers to charge similar co-payments for mental health treatments and services as they would for physical health problems, making it clear that parity applies to all plan standards, including those plans in state insurance marketplaces.

To read the entire article, click HERE

For more information on the final rule, click DHHS Final Mental Health Parity Rule

 

Nebraska Health Policy Academy Now Accepting Applications for the 2014 Cohort

The Nebraska Health Policy Academy (HPA) is a competency-based training program designed to strengthen the capacity of state, local, and tribal health leaders and their key partners to understand the health policy process.  The Academy uses a hands-on approach grounded in problem solving, decision-making and leadership.

The primary goal of the HPA is to increase the capacity of Nebraska’s state and local public health staff and their community partners to use public health policy and law as a public health tool.

For more information about the HPA, check us out online: Health Policy Academy

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE FRIDAY DECEMBER 13, 2013: APPLY HERE

Please contact Kelly Shaw-Sutherland at kshawsutherland@unmc.edu for further information or questions. The next cohort will begin January 2014.