What You Know Affects Treatment

 

Susan Weinstein, JD
Editor in Chief, Care for Your Mind

It’s hard to make good decisions when you don’t have good information. And in a system where healthcare providers have less and less time to provide the information necessary for good decision making, it falls to individuals and their supportive family members and friends to be proactive in getting the information they need for making informed healthcare decisions.

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Depression Treatment: It’s About You

One thing is sure about depression treatment: it’s not one-size-fits-all. And it never should be.

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When Primary Care Providers Treat Depression: Tips for Engagement

Susan Weinstein, JD
Editor in Chief, Care for Your Mind

Primary Care Providers (PCPs) are usually the first clinicians to treat a person’s depression. Family caregivers can enhance treatment outcomes by providing information to the clinician and support to the person living with depression. Families for Depression Awareness’ new video provides tips for working effectively with PCPs for the benefit of your loved one and your family.

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Rx Choice: Last Chance to Be Heard Is Friday!

Susan Weinstein, JD
Editor in Chief, Care for Your Mind

This Friday, January 25, 2019, is the deadline for submitting your comments to help preserve access to the spectrum of drugs for treating health conditions like depression, schizophrenia, cancer, HIV, and epilepsy and supporting organ transplants for people on Medicare.

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Tell CMS: Preserve Medicare’s Six Protected Classes

Chuck Ingoglia
Chuck Ingoglia
Executive Director, Partnership for Part D Access

One of Medicare’s key patient protections – the six protected classes – is under threat by a new proposal from the Trump Administration. Feedback from the public will be critical in deciding whether or not they move forward — that’s why it’s essential that you let your voice be heard.

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Why the Six Protected Classes Should Be Protected

Susan Weinstein, JD
Editor in Chief, Care for Your Mind

The Trump Administration has proposed a new rule that would change Medicare Part D, removing the requirement that Part D prescription plans cover “all or substantially all” medications in six “protected” classes: anticonvulsants, antidepressants, antineoplastics, antipsychotics, antiretrovirals, and immunosuppressants. Why does this matter to us?

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Is Obamacare Sunk?

Susan Weinstein, J.D.
Editor in Chief, Care for Your Mind

In a decision more political than legally sound, a judge in a U.S. District Court in Texas struck down the Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as Obamacare) last week. (Download the 55-page decision.) In Texas v. U.S.A., Judge Reed O’Connor determined that when Congress removed the penalty for not having health insurance, it rendered the entire ACA statutory scheme invalid. However, knowing that the decision would be appealed, the judge left the ACA to function normally until it ran its course in the court system...

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How to Help a Loved One with a Mood Disorder: The FFDA Action Plan

Valerie D. Cordero, Ph.D.
Co-Executive Director, Families for Depression Awareness

Many of us spend time with families over the holidays, giving us a chance to catch up and check in. When a loved one with depression or bipolar disorder declines to join in the celebration, is behaving uncharacteristically, or is facing a challenging situation, it may rightfully raise concerns among the rest of the family. If you want to work together to help your loved one, we have a strategy to offer: the Family Action Plan.

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