After reports emerged that the Pentagon is working on plans for a “really great” military parade at the behest of President Trump, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders released a statement explaining that the parade is meant to be “a celebration at which all Americans can show their appreciation.” I’d like to suggest an even better … Continue reading Instead of a “Really Great Parade,” How About We Don’t Kick Veterans Off Medicaid?
When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on January 11 that they will now allow states to implement work requirements for Medicaid recipients, they made a point of saying those requirements could only apply to “able-bodied adults”—in fact, they put it in the headline of their press release. The problem is, the … Continue reading The Problem with “Able-Bodied”
“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and the most inhuman because it often results in physical death. I see no alternative to direct action and creative nonviolence to raise the conscience of the nation.” These words were spoken by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on March 25, 1966, … Continue reading The Most Inhuman Inequality
Plus the Continuing Resolution passed by Congress yesterday and a few words on self-care. It has been a nerve-wracking time for community health centers, whose funding expired on September 30. Even though yesterday's Continuing Resolution provides for short-term funding, they could still use your support. Watch my video to learn more about community health centers, … Continue reading Making a Last Minute Donation? Consider Community Health Centers
Systemic racism and relentless stress heighten Black women’s risk of life-threatening complications—and death—during and after pregnancy. About a year ago, I was among some public health professionals talking about the recent election when the conversation inevitably turned to race. One population health researcher, a Black woman, took a deep, ragged breath. Her tears spilled … Continue reading Pregnant While Black
In 1917, Woodrow Wilson bestowed on Puerto Ricans a class of U.S. citizenship that was decidedly less than what residents of the mainland enjoyed. It was the start of a long history of inequitable treatment by the U.S. government, which today has left Puerto Rico with a weakened infrastructure, a tattered healthcare safety net, and … Continue reading Puerto Rico’s Public Health Crisis Has Its Roots in a Law Signed 100 Years Ago
Conservative Republicans in the Senate are going for broke in their attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act before September 30. The latest bill, drafted by Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, combines every bad idea that has appeared in a repeal bill to date and then some. The impact … Continue reading The New Republican Healthcare Bill Doesn’t Only Repeal the ACA. It Also Blows Giant Holes in Medicaid.
Last week the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a 72% cut to funding to support enrolling eligible individuals into coverage under the ACA. This includes a 90% cut to the advertising budget for the 2018 marketplace enrollment period—from $100 million to $10 million—and a 41% cut to funding for navigators, the in-person … Continue reading Forty Percent of Uninsured People Still Don’t Know the Health Insurance Marketplace Exists. Cuts to Outreach Will Make Sure It Stays That Way.
Last week the Commonwealth Fund released a report looking at whether the Affordable Care Act had succeeded in reducing the healthcare disparities between Black and Hispanic populations and whites. The conclusion: The ACA has made definite progress in narrowing the gap, particularly in those states that expanded Medicaid. However, disparities remain and Blacks and Hispanics … Continue reading Quick Read: The ACA has narrowed the healthcare access gap for Black and Hispanic Americans.
Welcome to Stairway to Healthcare, a blog about achieving health equity through changes in healthcare policy. I conceived of this blog as a way to help myself, and hopefully others, to process the extraordinary amounts of information coming at us every day in the debate over healthcare reform. Then white supremacists marched on Charlottesville, VA. … Continue reading Welcome to My Healthcare Blog. We Need to Talk About Race.