Day: September 1, 2020

Posted in Personal

Post office, mail carriers personal to many Americans| Opinion

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The U.S. Postal Service is facing record demand because of COVID-19 and the upcoming election. Does it have the funds to rise to the occasion?

USA TODAY

In communities across America, the U.S. Postal Service wins the trust of neighbors on the ground, person to person.

I don’t think we appreciated just how much Jim Johnson meant to the people he served every day, until the block party.

The organizers, a collection of neighbors in Wilmington, Delaware, disguised the gathering marking his retirement as a Halloween party because they feared Jim wouldn’t show if he knew all the fuss was for him.

Jim, as described by a local reporter at the time, was an institution in the leafy Westmoreland, Westhaven and Westover Hills neighborhoods, just north of downtown, where he delivered much more than the mail.

He knew all the kids — and their pets — by name; he

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Posted in Insurance

Insurance roadblocks hamper access to vital mental health care

COVID-19 is wreaking havoc on Americans’ mental health.

One in three Americans now suffers from severe anxiety, and one in four battles depression, according to recent Census Bureau data. Texts to federal emergency mental health lines are up 1,000% for the year. And a May survey from the University of Chicago found that four out of 10 respondents felt a sense of hopelessness at least once a day.

Sadly, insurance companies are exacerbating the mental health impact of the pandemic by making it needlessly difficult for patients to access antidepressants, antipsychotics and other desperately needed medications. Their actions don’t just jeopardize Americans’ health. They also inflate health care spending in the long run.

I’ve long advocated for equal access to treatment for those with mental health and substance use disorders. And I’ve personally struggled with my own challenges. So, I know the importance of prescription drug regimens firsthand.

Depression, schizophrenia,

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