When it comes to politics, the OPEN MINDS team regularly asks a simple question that often has profound answers for the mental health field – what policy changes have the greatest influence on the health care system? The past ten years have demonstrated that changes in policy can have a real, lasting effect on consumers and the organizations that finance, manage, and deliver their services. The Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAE) of 2008 have arguably been the biggest policy changes in health care since the . . .
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