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Joyce Murphy: Mental illness in the workplace is a huge concern.
July 09, 2015
Joyce Murphy in Worcester Business Journal: Mental illness in the workplace is a huge concern

Employers have not been as comfortable addressing mental illnesses in the workplace as physical illnesses, Joyce A. Murphy, MPA, executive vice chancellor of UMass Medical School's Commonwealth Medicine division, told the Worcester Business Journal. She believes the NAMI pledge will lead to change.

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The Center for Health Law and Economics at UMass Medical School is a sought-after partner among public agencies and foundations striving for health care system improvement and health policy analysis.

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April 30, 2015

In this report, Carol Gyurina, Jennifer Rosinski and Robert Seifert of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, analyze several factors that help explain why health care affordability continues to be a challenge in Massachusetts, even after achieving near universal health insurance coverage.