More States to Increase Health Coverage

  1. States are planning large expansions in healthcare coverage this year in an aggressive and potentially costly attempt to reduce the ranks of the 42.4 million Americans who are uninsured.
    The states are acting at a time when Congress, now under Democratic control for the first time since 1994, is putting health care lower on its agenda.
    Governors and state legislators in both parties and most states have made expanded medical coverage a priority for legislatures, all 50 of which are in session this year, 43 starting this month.
    Popular proposals include guaranteeing medical coverage to all children, subsidizing medical .....


    More states to increase health coverage | www.tucsoncitizen.com ®


    I think drastic action needs to be taken on this issue, the current system sucks!!! I know many WORKING people who do not have health insurance because they can't afford it thru their employer, or otherwise.
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  3. by   pickledpepperRN
    Quote from hope3456
    States are planning large expansions in healthcare coverage this year in an aggressive and potentially costly attempt to reduce the ranks of the 42.4 million Americans who are uninsured.
    The states are acting at a time when Congress, now under Democratic control for the first time since 1994, is putting health care lower on its agenda.
    Governors and state legislators in both parties and most states have made expanded medical coverage a priority for legislatures, all 50 of which are in session this year, 43 starting this month.
    Popular proposals include guaranteeing medical coverage to all children, subsidizing medical .....


    More states to increase health coverage | www.tucsoncitizen.com ®


    I think drastic action needs to be taken on this issue, the current system sucks!!! I know many WORKING people who do not have health insurance because they can't afford it thru their employer, or otherwise.
    I agree. My daughter can only get 30 hours a week because at 32 she would be insured. She has been paying for a private policy with a very high deductable. Although her good health has kept well below their having to pay out anything her rate rises every couple years when she grows older.

    Glad she doesn't have allergies or a dangerous job:

    Health insurers deny policies in some jobs
    Common medications also can be deemed too risky in California.

    ...Entire categories of workers-including roofers, pro athletes, dockworkers, migrant workers and firefighters-are turned down for insurance even if they are in good health and can afford coverage, according to the confidential underwriting guidelines of four health plans.

    Although Blue Cross of California, the state's top seller of individual policies, does not exclude applicants based on occupation, three others do: Blue Shield of California, PacifiCare Health Systems Inc. and Health Net Inc. Actuarially speaking, they say, certain workers pose too big a risk.

    All four health plans look at prescription drug use to decide to whom they will sell individual policies. Dozens of widely prescribed medications-including Allegra, Celebrex and Prevacid-may lead to rejection, according to the underwriting guidelines that the health plans provide to insurance brokers but not to the public...

    Health insurers deny policies in some jobs - Los Angeles Times
  4. by   Simplepleasures
    Wow, this would be great, I am waiting to be approved for Social Security Disability, am now uninsured.I go to a free clinic, but even though I am greatful for them, the care is MARGINAL.
  5. by   EnergeticRN
    Do we as nurses support more of the same limited medical care, or could we make our voices heard to include more health care options? We see the limitations in our practice, and we hear patients' viewpoints. I'm not talking about extreme situations, but rather the much larger picture. Research shows that doulas reduce the rate of C-sections, but do we expect to see doulas covered by insurance? Are probiotics suggested for patients who need to restore intestinal flora after antibiotic use? Will we ever recognize those large groups of health care providers, including nurses at many levels of practice, homeopaths, osteopaths, acupuncturists, etc., who do provide care that is cost effective and healing? Health care is not necessarily medical care, but that's where the debate is. Don't our patients suspect that other remedies can be helpful, either along with or instead of medications? In some states (and probably many,) medical doctors don't have the freedom to talk about natural care unless they have done the usual medical interventions first. I think nurses could have a real voice in this debate about health coverage. We can expand our vision. Make health the focus, and not restrict our attention to just one form of (expensive and very controlled) practice. We can make a stand for health. We could make a difference.
  6. by   hope3456
    Quote from EnergeticRN
    Do we as nurses support more of the same limited medical care, or could we make our voices heard to include more health care options? We see the limitations in our practice, and we hear patients' viewpoints. I'm not talking about extreme situations, but rather the much larger picture. Research shows that doulas reduce the rate of C-sections, but do we expect to see doulas covered by insurance? Are probiotics suggested for patients who need to restore intestinal flora after antibiotic use? Will we ever recognize those large groups of health care providers, including nurses at many levels of practice, homeopaths, osteopaths, acupuncturists, etc., who do provide care that is cost effective and healing? Health care is not necessarily medical care, but that's where the debate is. Don't our patients suspect that other remedies can be helpful, either along with or instead of medications? In some states (and probably many,) medical doctors don't have the freedom to talk about natural care unless they have done the usual medical interventions first. I think nurses could have a real voice in this debate about health coverage. We can expand our vision. Make health the focus, and not restrict our attention to just one form of (expensive and very controlled) practice. We can make a stand for health. We could make a difference.



    Very good post. On the same token, health care options are also limited by what type of insurance a person may happen to have or not have. Some insurances cover some types of 'alternative tx's,' others do not. For example, chiropractic care. Even the hospital system I work for, our insurance doesn't cover it. It is a common complaint i hear among nurses I work with - they are hesitant to use chiropractic care - even though they know it helps them - b/c they have to pay for it out of pocket.

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