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Mental Health Services Wane as Insurers Appear to Skirt Parity Rules During Pandemic

Therapists and other behavioral health care providers cut hours, reduced staffs and turned away patients during the pandemic as more Americans experienced depression symptoms and drug overdoses, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. The report on patient access to behavioral health care during the covid-19 crisis also casts doubt on whether […]

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Addiction Treatment Providers in Pa. Face Little State Scrutiny Despite Harm to Clients

This investigation is a joint project of KHN, a national newsroom that produces in-depth journalism about health issues, and Spotlight PA, an independent, collaborative newsroom dedicated to producing investigative journalism for all of Pennsylvania. When Ian Kalinowski was at work, his mom usually texted him. So when he saw her number show up as an incoming call […]

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KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: 100 Days of Health Policy

Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. It’s been a busy 100 days for the Biden administration on health policy. The promise Joe Biden made as president-elect to get 100 million covid vaccinations in arms was doubled, healthcare.gov reopened to those without insurance, and steps were taken to undo a raft of […]

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No hay que sufrir efectos secundarios con la vacuna contra covid para estar protegido

SOBRE NOTICIAS EN ESPAÑOL Noticias en español es una sección de Kaiser Health News que contiene traducciones de artículos de gran interés para la comunidad hispanohablante, y contenido original enfocado en la población hispana que vive en los Estados Unidos. Use Nuestro Contenido Este contenido puede usarse de manera gratuita (detalles). Si una persona cree […]

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Commissioner Rettig Tax Gap Comments Relevant to Federal Tax Crimes (4/28/21)

The IRS has a new web page titled “Impacting the Tax Gap” here.  The page is a summary of Commissioner Rettig’s comments which are set forth in a linked pdf here.  Commissioner Rettig’s comments are excellent.  Highly recommended. I will cut and paste the comments I think most relevant to readers of this Federal Tax […]

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Watch: What Happens When Car and Health Insurance Collide

“CBS This Morning,” in collaboration with KHN and NPR, tells the story of Mark Gottlieb, a marketing consultant in Little Ferry, New Jersey, who faced more than $700,000 in medical bills after surgery on his spine. Gottlieb was injured in a car accident, and, despite having the maximum amount of personal injury protection in his […]

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‘Red Flag’ Gun Laws Get Another Look After Indiana, Colorado Shootings

On New Year’s Eve 2017, sheriff’s deputies in the Denver suburb of Highlands Ranch responded to a domestic disturbance. Before the night was over, four officers had been shot and Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Zackari Parrish III was dead. The gunman was a 37-year-old man with a history of psychotic episodes whose family had previously […]

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Eleventh Circuit Joins the Consensus that Reckless Conduct Is Subject to the FBAR Civil Willful Penalty (4/24/21)

In United States v. Rum, 2021 U.S. App. LEXIS 12160 (11th Cir. 4/23/21), CA11 here; TN here, the Eleventh Circuit in a per curiam opinion affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment for the Government in an FBAR willful civil penalty collection suit.  I wrote on the district court’s grant of summary judgment previously.  […]

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From Hospital Profits to Gender Gaps, Journalists Are on the Case

KHN freelancer Christine Spolar discussed how during the pandemic the nation’s richest hospitals and health systems profited after accepting the lion’s share of the federal health care bailout grant with WESA’s “The Confluence” on Tuesday. Midwest editor and correspondent Laura Ungar unpacked the gender breakdown of covid vaccinations with NPR’s “Weekend Edition Sunday” on April […]

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More on Willful Blindness (4/23/21)

I have written before on the willful blindness instruction and more broadly the willful blindness concept in the context of federal crimes requiring as an element of the crime that the actor have some knowledge of the criminal conduct.  For most IRC (Title 26) tax crimes, the statutory knowledge element is “willfully,” which, as interpreted […]