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MHA Reacts to Guidance on New Medicaid Work Requirements


January 01, 2018

On January 11, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a guidance letter to states indicating the nature of work requirements states could impose on non-elderly, non-pregnant Medicaid recipients “eligible on a basis other than disability.”

The programs must be designed “to promote better mental, physical, and emotional health.” Mental Health America (MHA) shares the concern that…

New MHA State of Mental Health Report Shows America’s Youth in Crisis


November 11, 2017

For the fourth year in a row, Mental Health America (MHA) released its annual State of Mental Health Report, which ranks all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on several mental health and access measures. This year, Massachusetts came out on top overall with Nevada coming in 51st.

In developing the report, MHA looked at 15 different measures to…

MHA Statement on Texas Shooting


November 11, 2017

By: Paul Gionfriddo, MHA president and CEO

"Yesterday, our country once again was faced with the horror of another mass shooting, this time while Americans were praying in a church in Texas.

“The president and others on Capitol Hill were quick to say this was not a gun issue, but a mental health issue. That's just talk that masks inaction on their part.

“In fact - this wasn't a mental health issue. It increasingly appears to have been a preventable tragedy…

Eye Opening New Report Shines Spotlight on Impact of Workplace Stress, Mental Health


October 10, 2017

Alexandria, VA—In collaboration with the Faas Foundation, Mental Health America (MHA) released today an eye-opening report Mind the Workplace, which include findings from a two-year research project to understand more about the impact of mental health concerns in the workplace.



MHA recognizes the psychological impact that workplaces can…

Statement by Paul Gionfriddo, MHA president and CEO, on Las Vegas Shooting


October 10, 2017

"This morning, we were awakened to the horror of the largest mass shooting in United States history. It is hard to ignore the shock of such news, and impossible at this early stage to determine the motive of the 64-year-old shooter.

"What we do know is this. The families of the at least 58 who died and the 500+ who were injured will be affected by this event for the rest of their lives.  Long after the physical wounds have healed, the trauma will remain. It is…

More Expensive Health Care, Cheaper Tanning Salons


July 07, 2017

By: Paul Gionfriddo, president and CEO

"If the American Health Care Act (AHCA) was worse than the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the initial Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) was worse than AHCA, then this new version of the BCRA – released yesterday – is worst of all.

"It retains all the provisions of the original BCRA that frightened so many people: significantly higher insurance costs for older people, huge cuts to Medicaid, penalties for those who lose their…