Millions of Children Could Lose Health Coverage Starting Next Month.

Lawmakers have yet to renew funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which insures nearly 9 million children in low-income families. Lawmakers have yet to renew federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, also known as CHIP, which insures nearly nine million children in low-income families. Most states will run out of money in the next few months if Congress does not act. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/12/14/us/children-at-risk-of-losing-health-care-CHIP.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur

3.6 million people signed up for ObamaCare plans in one month.

3.6 million people signed up for ObamaCare plans in one monthNearly one million more Americans have signed up for ObamaCare this year than did last year despite President Trump’s efforts to undermine enrollment by slashing the promotion budget by 90 percent and cutting the federal enrollment period in half. http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/363527-36-million-people-have-signed-up-for-obamacare-plans-in-one-month

Teen Mental Health Stigma and How to Fight It.

Studies reveal that stigma around mental health is common. One research study measuring attitudes toward mental illness found only 25% surveyed are sympathetic to mental health challenges. This needs to change. You are not alone. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Read more at https://www.newportacademy.com/resources/mental-health/teen-mental-health-stigma/

Fusing Fitness With Mental Health Treatment in Supportive Housing and Related Settings.

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In 2011, I began working as a case manager at an East Harlem supportive housing site for adults with mental illness who have experienced homelessness. I had never worked with underserved adults, and I quickly noticed that the majority of tenants experienced obesity and related issues, such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and joint problems. Indeed, almost every client experienced a combination of those chronic, preventable health conditions.  Read more at

http://www.socialworker.com/feature-articles/practice/fusing-fitness-with-mental-health-treatment-in-supportive-housing-related-settings/

 

The Affordable Care Act’s fifth open enrollment period is now under way.

What to expect from Trump’s first round of ACA enrollment.. Despite the Trump administration’s ACA sabotage, 80% of healthcare.gov enrollees can find plans for $75 or under. https://www.axios.com/affordable-care-act-enrollment-starts-today-2504544265.html

CBT, Pharmacotherapy Both Safe, Effective for Childhood Anxiety.

The combination of sertraline and CBT significantly improved clinician-reported primary anxiety symptoms and treatment response.

A meta-analysis published in JAMA Pediatricsshowed that both cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and pharmacotherapy are effective treatments for anxiety disorders in children and adolescents younger than 18. Read more at http://www.psychiatryadvisor.com/anxiety/anxiety-disorders-children-cbt-pharmacotherapy-effective-treatments/article/689350/