Vox: How the opioid epidemic became America’s worst drug crisis ever

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How the opioid epidemic became America’s worst drug crisis ever, in 15 maps and charts

Vox: "America is in the middle of its deadliest drug crisis everDrug overdoses now kill more Americans than HIV/AIDS did at its peak. These maps and charts tell the story."

 

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CALIFORNIA STATE SENATE BILL WOULD PROHIBIT BC/BS PRACTICE OF SENDING PROVIDER PAYMENT TO ADDICTION TREATMENT PATIENTS

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The Blues call it “Pay to Patient.”  Since August 2011 it has been an Anthem and BC/BS national policy to reject Assignments of Benefit and send payment due out-of-network providers directly to the patients, even when the patient had not pre-paid the provider.  

 

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Trump taps Kushner to lead a SWAT team to fix government with business ideas


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Via Washington Post: President Trump plans to unveil a new White House office on Monday with sweeping authority to overhaul the federal bureaucracy and fulfill key campaign promises — such as reforming care for veterans and fighting opioid addiction — by harvesting ideas from the business world and, potentially, privatizing some government functions.

 

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Today's Vote on Trumpcare

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As you may know, the American Health Care Act (Trumpcare) is being voted on today. In it's current form, Essential Health Benefits would "sunset" and not be required by health plans beginning December 31, 2019.

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Health Net fails to throw California Addiction Treatment Provider lawsuit out of court

 

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Fourteen months ago Health Net launched a dragnet audit of California’s out-of-network addiction treatment providers and providers in four other states. Claiming widespread fraud, Health Net stopped paying claims, including claims that had been unpaid since the third quarter of 2015. You can read the history of the case by clicking here.

In the spring of 2016, two California treatment facilities filed suit. On July 22, 2016, the Phoenix law firm Gallagher & Kennedy filed a multi-plaintiff suit with the Superior Court of Maricopa County, Arizona. On August 10, 2016 they filed a second multi-plaintiff law suit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court. The plaintiffs include ATAC members.

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'Drug Dealer, M.D.': Misunderstandings And Good Intentions Fueled Opioid Epidemic

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December 15, 20162:35 PM ET
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New Website Launched!

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We're proud to launch our new website. We've implemented some great updates and additions to make your membership easier to use. 

 

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