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Florida tries new approach to mental health treatment

On July 5, 2014, USA Today reported that Florida is the first state to “offer a Medicaid health plan designed exclusively for people with serious mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar conditions.” To learn more, click here.

Legalizing Medical Marijuana Doesn’t Lead To More Teens Smoking Pot: Study

On April 25, 2014, Matt Ferner of the Huffington Post wrote an article to demystify the notion that legalizing medical marijuana would lead to more teens smoking marijuana. In actuality, studies indicate decreased rates of use in populations that legalize drugs such as marijuana; which may be due to educational programs about such drugs. To learn more, click […]

First Lady Pledges to Fight for Lunch Standards

On June 12, 2014, Associated Press author Darlene Superville reported that First Lady Michelle Obama declared to fight for healthier school lunch standards as part of her initiative against childhood obesity. To learn more, click here.      

The Spring Edition of the 2014 Journal of the Student National Medical Association is here!

The Spring Edition of the 2014 Journal of the Student National Medical Association is here!

To read the PDF format of this edition, please click on the following link: Click here for the April 2014 JSNMA edition.

Do We Invest in Preschools or Prisons?

Do We Invest in Preschools or Prisons?

CONGRESS is often compared to pre-K, which seems defamatory of small children. But the similarities also offer hope, because an initiative that should be on the top of the national agenda has less to do with the sequester than with the A.B.C.’s and Big Bird. Growing mountains of research suggest that the best way to […]

John F. Kennedy's Vision For Mental Health Never Realized

John F. Kennedy’s Vision For Mental Health Never Realized

The last piece of legislation President John F. Kennedy signed turns 50 this month: the Community Mental Health Act, which helped transform the way people with mental illness are treated and cared for in the United States. Signed on Oct. 31, 1963, weeks before Kennedy was assassinated, the legislation aimed to build mental health centers […]

Obamacare's coverage gap: The poor caught in between

Obamacare’s coverage gap: The poor caught in between

I met a woman named Yvonne in Greenville, South Carolina, where the CNN Express was reporting on the rollout of Obamacare. Yvonne had a big smile and was very excited — you couldn’t miss her. I first noticed her standing in line, waiting patiently to ask a few questions about health care. Most of the questions I […]

No, Doctors Don't Hate Obamacare

No, Doctors Don’t Hate Obamacare

Forbes has published another slam against health reform. This one is written by Sally Pipes, president, CEO, and Taube Fellow in Health Care Studies at the Pacific Research Institute. She is the author of a forthcoming book, The Pipes Plan: The Top Ten Ways to Dismantle and Replace Obamacare, put out by the conservative publishing juggernaut, Regnery. This […]

Obamacare premium rates lower than expected

Obamacare premium rates lower than expected

The Obamacare premiums will cost less than predicted, according to data released Wednesday by the Obama administration. The release provided the first look into rates for consumers buying individual insurance on the 36 federally run exchanges. The national average premium for the benchmark plan will be $328 a month before subsidies, 16% less than projected by the […]

Nazis, Lynching and Obamacare

Nazis, Lynching and Obamacare

You might think that the methodical extermination of millions of Jews by a brutal regime intent on world domination would resist appropriation as an all-purpose metaphor. You might think that genocide, of all things, would be safe from conversion into sloppy simile. You’d be wrong. After Paul Ryan’s fact-challenged address at the Republican National Convention […]