News – On The Front Line

In the modern world we live in, in the richest country in the world and in one of the wealthiest areas of that country, you’d think that Nassau County’s expectant and new mothers, along with their babies, would get the best care in the world. You’d be wrong — especially when it comes to black women and their babies. Dr. Martine Hackett, associate professor at Hofstra University’s School of Health Professions and...

Last month, a federal court in the Northern District of California found that the giant health insurer United Behavioral Health had been using flawed criteria, contrary to generally accepted standards, to determine medical necessity for the care and treatment of patients with mental health and substance use disorders (MH/SUD). D. Brian Hufford, a partner at Zuckerman Spaeder, who heads the firm’s health care practice that represented more than 50,000 plaintiffs in...

Regardless of where you stand in the political spectrum, we can pretty much all agree that these are highly divisive times in our culture. It often seems that pundits, politicians and people on all sides of the various issues of our day have lost their ability to disagree respectfully. And kids of all ages aren’t immune to absorbing the notion that speaking loudly, aggressively and in a denigrating manner is somehow...

(Image by Rudy and Peter Skitterians from Pixabay) I have protested or testified before government bodies for issues including separating children at the border, school shootings and insurance parity for mental health and substance use disorders. I participated in a number of relief efforts after large-scale disasters such as 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy. Yet nothing haunts me as much as the poisoning of an American city. The water crisis in Flint, MI, began in April...

Did you know that 650 million women and girls alive today were married as children and 12 million girls under 18 are married each year? Globally, around 21 percent of young women were married before their 18th birthday, according to UNICEF. UNICEF — now called The United Nations Children’s Fund but originally known as the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund — was founded in 1946. It was created to offer...

ROSLYN HEIGHTS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A shortage of mental health providers is keeping some patients waiting for months. Many families are paying out of pocket to get help because healthcare providers are refusing to take insurance – saying reimbursements are just too low. One quarter of Long Island families surveyed said they were unable to find a mental health provider who takes their insurance. Those families told CBS2 they’re angered having to wait...

Many providers don't take insurance because they say reimbursements are too low, forcing families to pay out of pocket. Dr. Kristie Golden, an associate director at Stony Brook Medicine, said lower payments from insurers have pushed many medical students to choose fields other than psychiatry, and when providers do not accept insurance not everyone can afford to pay. Photo Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas By David Reich-Hale david.reich-hale@newsday.com Updated April 4, 2019 6:00 AM A shortage of mental health professionals has...

Board members Andrea Leeds (left) and Ruth Fortunoff Cooper Are you ready for a fun-filled day of shopping, delicious dining and your favorite games? Then mark your calendars for North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center’s eagerly anticipated annual Spring Luncheon. This year’s event will be held at the elegant Glen Head Country Club on Wednesday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Clubhouse, which includes a beautiful ballroom, cozy...

Reader letters to Newsday for Sunday, March 10, 2019. The assertion by Nassau County Health Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein that we do not know the reasons for the high rate of black maternal mortality is just not so [“Addressing the state of black life in Nassau,” News, March 3]. The research on health disparities in maternal and infant mortality speaks to consequences such as the chronic stress of racial and gender discrimination...