What Health Care Reform Means for Mental Health

Mental Health patients have suffered from many odd and restrictive “rules” when dealing with health care providers over the years.  Higher co-pays, a limited number of visits covered by insurance, no coverage if a diagnosis is deemed “pre-existing”, etc.  The issue with pre-existing conditions obviously extends across all areas like cancer, diabetes, and other recurring or chronic diseases.  But, this article is focused on the benefits that will be gained for those needing mental health care.  It’s pretty cut and dry.  To the point.  I think this is an issue that has needed to be addressed in some form for years.  I know many people don’t agree with the government’s involvement in health care reform.  Either way, this will be a win for those people who can’t afford proper care for mental/emotional conditions. Enjoy!

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Want to Go Back to School? A New Tax Credit Could Help

Have you, a friend, or a family member been desiring to return to school?  The American Opportunity Tax Credit is here for the 2009 and 2010 tax seasons.  It is a nice bump up from the current Hope Credit.  Not only does it allow for $700 more tax credit to students, it also applies the the first four years of post-secondary education as opposed to the first two years with the Hope Credit.  Not only does this credit apply towards tuition, you may also include expenses such as books, supplies, and equipment. The one other exciting addition is the inclusion of online education with accredited universities and colleges.

I for one am very excited about this. I plan to jump back in for the spring semester and this new credit has arrived just in time.  Tuition is hard enough to cover while trying to stay afloat with general bills… not to mention the horrendous cost of books these days.  The fact that I can basically have the cost of books reimbursed is a beautiful thing.  Jump on over the this blog post and see what it’s all about!

“Stressed” is “Desserts” Spelled Backwards!

This article discusses, from a first hand view, the problems veterans of all ages are having these days when dealing with the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  Many men and women who have selflessly served our country are turned away for countless procedures on a daily basis.  Denied coverage and sent on wild goose chases when attempting to get to the root of the problem.
Let me know what you think!  Your thoughts are very important!