Here is a collection of many newsworthy items that ran during this week:
The National Underwriter, the trade magazine for the life insurance industry, reports on the lobbying efforts by the insurance industry on the healthcare reform legislation pending before Congress.
The Collegiate Times reports on how the Virginia Tech officials and mental health officials are preparing for their trail set to begin April 16, 2010.
KFSM Television reports about legislation offered in the Oklahoma state legislation offering students with individualized education programs scholarships to attend any school accredited by the state Board of Education and expands the self-directed care program in Oklahoma. Something that could happen in Virginia as well!
News Channel 34 in Binghamton, New York reports of one State Senator looking to create an Autism Bill of Rights.
The Pierce County Herald in Wisconsin reports that local governments will be able to opt-out of having to follow a new federal law that makes employers who insure mental health treatments provide the same coverage as other health problems.
The Idaho Statesman reports on a controversial plan by the Governor of Idaho to plans to cut agencies that help disabled and deaf among others programs.
The New York Times reports on how Governor Patterson intends to balance his state’s budget, with the largest cut to school aid and nearly $1 billion in new or increased taxes and fees, including charging fees to many families that enroll in an early intervention program for children with autism, attention deficit disorder and other special needs.
Macon.com reports that Georgia’s largest hospital for people with mental illness and physical disabilities intends to now just focus on serving those with physical disabilities and no longer accept any new mental health patients.
Minnesota Public Radio reports on the steps Minnesota has taken to address the shortage of mental health professionals in rural areas.
The South Carolina Local News reports on a South Carolina father who developed computer software to help his son after his son was diagnosed with Autism.
WTAE, Channel 4 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania reports on as the number of autism cases is rising, so does the cost of providing treatment for all those people.
The Courthouse News Service reports that more than 100 autistic children in California could be “institutionalized” due to state budget cuts forcing a developmental services agency to axe funding for a highly effective treatment.
Fox4kc.com in Missouri, where advocates are working hard to pass autism insurance legislation, reports if insurance companies are forced to cover autism services, will everyone’s premiums in Missouri go up?
The Lawrence-Journal World & News reports on mental health advocates in Kansas urging state legislators to eliminate mental illness as a disqualification to vote in the Kansas Constitution.
…and that’s the week that was!
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