February 16, 2012 Public Policy Conference Call (Click the link to listen) ACA’s public policy staff  hosted a conference call on Thursday, February  16th, from 2 – 3 p.m. ET regarding policy issues they are working on, including the president’s budget, Medicare coverage and Veterans Administration developments. The next public policy

The Department of Defense (DoD) has finally issued regulations allowing licensed professional counselors to practice independently within the TRICARE program, which provides health care coverage to more than 9 million military service members, retirees and their dependents. The agency’s regulations were released in the Federal Register of Dec. 27, 2011,

Members of Congress are expressing frustration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and its delivery of mental health services. Lawmakers voiced concerns during two recent congressional hearings, one held in the Senate and another held two days later in the House of Representatives. Concerns regarding veterans’ access to care

Congressional leaders and President Obama reached a deal to raise the debt ceiling mere hours before the United States would have begun defaulting on its financial obligations for the first time in the nation’s history. The agreement, the Budget Control Act of 2011, was approved by the House of Representatives