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NP Delivery of Primary Care for Homebound Elderly Threatened by Proposed Medicaid Cuts

Liz Seegert

As our population lives longer with more chronic conditions, an an estimated two to three million end up homebound, unable to leave their homes to receive primary care in a physician’s office.  It means they often go without care or end up in crisis in the emergency department, driving up costs and further affecting their […]

July 18, 2017

More Health Policy Comics

MK Czerwiec

Following on my earlier post about Health Policy Comics, I want to share more fantastic work. Cartoonists are responding strongly to the possibility of losing health coverage because, as Andrea Tsurmi points out in her recent comic, Trumpcare is Bad News for Freelancers, and most cartoonists are freelancers. Read the whole comic “Trumpcare is Bad […]

July 4, 2017

Nurses raise their voices: “Do No Harm”

Editorial Staff

    This post is written by George Washington University faculty member Joyce Pulcini, PhD, RN, PNP-BC, FAAN, with contributions by Kari Deakins and Jennifer Kanelos, George Washington University School of Nursing students who attended the action. Dr. Joyce is a member of the National Advisory Council at the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement.     On […]

June 28, 2017

Euphemisms: The Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017

Diana J. Mason

Language and framing are critically important to public debates about policy. The Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 is an example of framing that tries to obscure what is really going on. The BCRA is the Senate’s version of a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Let’s start […]

June 27, 2017

AHCA: Far-reaching and Substantial Negative Impact

Carole R. Myers

There is plenty not to like about the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a center piece of President Trump’s legislative agenda.  The prospect of someone without health care coverage being penalized when they seek health coverage (the opposite of the Affordable Care Act) is all wrong.  Millions of Americans covered under the Affordable Care Act […]

June 2, 2017

The Cruelest Cuts

Liz Seegert

Poet T.S. Eliot once called April “the cruelest month.” But that was long before the Trump Administration delivered its detailed budget proposal to Congress on a day in May. The 24th, to be precise.   Trump and budget director Mick Mulvaney spared almost no one — children, women, working poor — from massive cuts in services […]

May 30, 2017

Rural Hospitals

Diana J. Mason

I just wrote a blog post for JAMANews Forum on the closure of rural hospitals. It describes why they close and discusses policy responses that could ensure that these hospitals are able to promote the health of their communities in myriad ways, not just by providing acute care services. As it was being posted, Trump […]

May 25, 2017

Kentucky nurses and their allies seek a mandate for a nurse in every school

Melissa Patrick

– Advocates say move would improve learning outcomes   Putting a full-time nurse in every Kentucky school would not only provide health care, but improve education outcomes, say advocates of the idea.   “We need a nurse in every school because we need to quit thinking about health and education as separate entities, because they are […]

May 9, 2017

CAPABLE Program Helps Seniors Age in Place

Liz Seegert

  We know that most older adults want to age in their own homes and communities, but the environment, health disparities, and lack of home and community supports can make that impossible. More public pressure and outreach can help change the situation.   I was pleased to attend a recent panel at the Association of Health […]

April 25, 2017