FROM Jim Preis
New Disability Insurance Law A new California law takes effect today requiring disability insurance plans to cover severe mental illnesses, including anorexia, bipolar disorders, bulimia and schizophrenia. We look at how difficult it is for people suffering from mental illness to get coverage.
The Challenge of Mental Illness In 2004, voters passed Proposition 63 , a one percent tax on Californians who earn more than a million dollars a year. The so-called “Millionaire's Tax,” has now raised some $7 billion — all designated for mental healthcare. Since Governor Brown eliminated the State Department of Mental Health, prevention, treatment — and possible cure -- are now in the hands of California's 58 counties.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."
Lucia Micarelli: An Evening with Lucia Micarelli Violinist and actress Lucia Micarelli visits The Treatment to discuss her emotive performances as she prepares for PBS' An Evening with Lucia Micarelli.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."