COPA 2015 Annual Meeting Presentations

The Colorado Providers Association held its 2015 Annual Meeting on June 18 and 19 at the Mt. Vernon Country Club in Golden, Colorado. Speakers covered many critical issues for providers including the integration of primary care and behavioral health services, the SIM...

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Colorado’s Marijuana Revenues Interim Committee: An Update

Most of the members of the interim committee assigned to discuss the disposition of tax revenue collected as the result of Proposition AA have now been appointed. The 21-member Marijuana Revenues Interim Committee, which was created by the Legislative Council...

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IMD Exclusion Hurts Addiction Treatment

A 50-year old federal law is making it difficult for states to pay for residential addiction treatment through Medicaid. The provision, known as the Institute for Mental Disease or IMD exclusion, limits the size of residential treatment programs covered by Medicaid...

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New York Attorney General Enforces Parity Requirements

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman recently announced settlements with two insurers for wrongfully denying addiction and mental health treatment to thousands of New Yorkers in violation of state and federal parity requirements. The groundbreaking agreements,...

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Another Reminder of the Terrible Toll of Addiction

This past weekend Americans were shocked and saddened to learn that one of our greatest actors, Philip Seymour Hoffman, had died at age 46 of an apparent heroin overdose. Hoffman’s death, in the prime of his life and career, is a poignant reminder of some of the harsh...

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Marijuana and Public Health Symposium

The purpose of this symposium is to review both the evidence for health effects of marijuana and the public health-related policies and programs that are relevant to Colorado’s marijuana laws. The goal is to increase the awareness of the evidence base about marijuana...

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