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Mental Health - Houston Chronicle

Health Insurance Premiums Can Be (And Always alex simring her latest blog Have Been) Volatile | Bob Semro

Jails are not hospitals, and staff simply aren't trained or equipped to treat mental health. Passing the mental health buck to the criminal justice system is an inefficient and ineffective use of taxpayer dollars. Texas needs to spend those dollars where they can do the most good - and we likely need to spend more of them. Our state spends less than a third of the US average per capita on mental health, at $39 per person. In contrast, Louisiana spends $62, Alabama spends $78 and Mississippi spends $115. We need to invest in what works rather than add another patch to a failing system. This means ensuring that people can get care where they live. Right now, there are no state mental health hospitals anywhere in the Houston area. Texas needs more capacity, and we need it near our big cities. Our state can also do a better job of attracting qualified mental health personnel.
Mental health - Houston Chronicle

Psychiatrist, Willard Gold, accesses a female inmate for mental health issues at the Harris County Sheriff Premiums will generally be higher in San Francisco than in rural Mississippi, where the cost of living and health care prices are significantly lower. As we have seen in Colorado, rates can vary wildly from resort areas like Aspen and Vail (which in 2014 had the highest premium rates in the country) to small towns on the Eastern Plains. Premiums will also vary from locations where one carrier has the vast majority of market share (and more influence over health care prices) to locations where there is greater competition among carriers but less influence over the prices charged by health care providers. Also, premium increases have been the rule and not the exception. In 1999, the average health insurance premium consumed about 11 percent of a median family's income. By 2010, those premiums had almost doubled, to 19 percent of income.
Health Insurance Premiums Can Be (And Always Have Been) Volatile | Bob Semro

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