Joint Statement of America’s Frontline Physicians Opposing Public Charge Final Rule

The Department of Homeland Security issued a final regulation that changes long-standing rules governing how and whether immigrants can be determined to be a “public charge;” widens the scope of programs considered by the government in making such a determination; and serves as a barrier to accessing health care for legal immigrants, as doing so can now serve as a basis for denying individuals green cards or U.S. visas. In response, the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Osteopathic Association, American College of Physicians, and American Psychiatric Association, collectively representing more than 597,000 of America's frontline physicians, issued this statement:

APA Joins Call to Action to Prevent Firearm-Related Injury and Death

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) today joined six other physician and health professional organizations in calling for action to address the public health epidemic of firearm-related injury and death. In 2017, nearly 40,000 people died as a result of a firearm, a 20-year high, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Providing Veterans with Video-Enabled Tablets Leads to Improved Mental Health Care Access

Veterans Health Administration (VHA) program that provides tablets to veterans with mental health conditions leads to improved access and continuity of care. A new study published online in Psychiatric Services in Advance finds that video-enabled tablets can improve mental health care access for patients who experience barriers because of geographic, social, or health-related circumstances.

APA Condemns Loss of Life from Gun Violence, Disputes Link to Mental Illness

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) today condemns the senseless loss of lives from gun violence that has become all too common in this country, most recently in mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.

7 Health Organizations File Appeal Challenging Decision on Short-Term, Limited-Duration Junk Insurance Plans

Groups say these inadequate plans undermine consumer protections for people with pre-existing conditions, may discriminate on age, gender or health status

APA Disappointed in Judge’s Ruling Regarding Short-Term, Limited Duration Plans

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) last fall joined six other health organizations in filing a lawsuit against the Administration’s decision to allow for the expanded sale of short-term, limited duration plans (STLDI) in exchange for comprehensive health plans mandated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Today, a federal district court judge upheld the government’s regulations regarding STLDI plans. In response, the APA issued the following statements:

APA Calls on Administration to Provide Humane Care for Asylum Seekers at U.S. Border

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is deeply concerned with the recent reports regarding the conditions children and their families who are seeking asylum at the U.S. border are being held in, and the traumatic affects those conditions will have on their mental health. In response, the APA released this statement from APA President Bruce Schwartz, M.D.

APA CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin Receives Honorary Fellowship Award from Royal College of Psychiatrists

American Psychiatric Association CEO and Medical Director Saul M. Levin, M.D., M.P.A., was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal College of Psychiatrists during the College’s International Congress last week. Each year the President and the nomination committee nominates up to five Honorary fellows from its members.

APA Member Patrice Harris, M.D., Takes Office as President of AMA

Patrice Harris, M.D., M.A., a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), was sworn in today as President of the American Medical Association (AMA), the nation’s largest medical society with roughly 250,000 members.

APA Endorses Federal Parity Bill; Urges Congress to Quickly Pass Legislation

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is endorsing “The Mental Health Parity Compliance Act,” a new bipartisan bill introduced today that would enhance the transparency and accountability of insurers’ coverage of mental health and substance use benefits, in compliance with the federal parity law.

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