What is HIPAA? HIPAA or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act was signed into law in 1996. The original goal was to protect people with pre-existing illnesses from losing health insurance when they changed jobs, as well as to standardize electronic filing and availability of information in order to cut down on paperwork. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) added several rules to explain how it is carried out because Congress failed to do so. HHS estimates that compliance... more
Shattered Bonds is a thoughtful essay in three parts regarding the gap between what we as a society think we mean by child “protection” and “welfare,” and what actually happens as a result of the Child Protective System and the Welfare System. While you might not agree with all of her conclusions, she cites a wealth of studies (many regarding children here in Illinois and in Chicago) showing serious breakdowns in the system. Roberts’ premise is basically this. First,... more
Why You Should Give A Damn About Gay Marriage – review of the marriage (in)equality arguments by Davina Kotulski, Ph.D.
Kotulski highlights that there are 1,049 federal rights awarded to straight people when they marry that are denied to gay and lesbian couples. Even if an individual State were to decide to support civil unions, and award gay and lesbian couples the 300 some odd rights many States award to straight married couples, there are still extra hoops gay and lesbian couples would have to jump through to get them, AND the couple would loose all these rights as soon as they left the State. Marriage Inequality Some... more
PsychPage started over a decade ago as a place to organize and house my course notes and materials for students. Over the years it became a hobby for me, and sprawled into multiple sections and subsections for sharing different interests I’ve developed and things I’ve learned. I’ve started revisions to it three times in the last four years, but heavy work responsibilities have always kept me from really finishing them, as well as putting the time into PsychPage on an ongoing... more