Statements on Graham-Cassidy Proposed Legislation
- Joint statement from American Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Hospital Association, Federation of American Hospitals, America’s Health Insurance Plans, and the BlueCross BlueShield Association regarding the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson legislation.
- America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)
- National Association of Medicaid Directors
Want More Americans to Work? Give Them Medicaid.| Talk Poverty
The Senate’s latest ACA repeal would gut Medicaid and get rid of protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Here in the United States, we are obsessed with work. We collectively clock 25 percent more working hours every year than people in Europe. Working hard is still considered one of the top American values, even as longer hours are no longer equated with greater wealth and have been tied to significant increases in adverse health effects such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and depression. This mindset is also reflected in our national politics and apparent in the rhetoric employed by the Trump administration and the GOP in their 2018 budget proposals, which would severely cut safety-net programs.
Study says the Developmentally Disabled Receive Poorer Health Care | the Dispatch
An author of a study that shows Ohioans with developmental disabilities struggle to get adequate medical care says medical schools should focus more
Is Successful Aging Possible in the Face of Dementia? | Psychiatric Times
We tend to have a dichotomous view of aging. Aging can be great, we imagine, but only if we maintain good physical and mental health into our later years. On the other hand, we imagine aging to be a horror if dementia or some other painful and debilitating condition develops. These dueling perspectives reflect the reality of aging today: the average life expectancy has increased into the high 70s, while at the same time rates of dementia continue to rise, making Alzheimer disease (AD) the sixth largest killer. Is there a third perspective on aging with dementia that can provide some degree of hope?
Students shed light on independent living with a disability | the Daily Illini
Stephanie Gallo wakes up every day and completes her morning routine not once, but twice. The second time is with Maddie Stark, senior in Business, who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). Stark requires a personal assistant in order to live on campus. Through working together, Gallo and Stark have created a bond that goes beyond any normal morning routine.
Stark requires a power wheelchair to get around campus due to SMA, a muscle weakening disease. Her personal assistant, Gallo, is available during the day or at night to ensure Stark can live comfortably on campus.
The Police Need to Understand Autism | The New York Times
Diane Craglow was caring for a 14-year-old autistic boy named Connor Leibel in Buckeye, Ariz., one day in July. They took a walk to one of his favorite places, a park in an upscale community called Verrado. She was not hesitant to leave Connor alone for a few minutes while she booked a piano lesson for his sister nearby, because he usually feels safe and comfortable in places that are familiar to him, and he learns to be more independent that way. When Ms. Craglow returned, she couldn’t believe what she saw: a police officer looming over the now-handcuffed boy, pinning him to the ground against a tree. Connor was screaming, and the police officer, David Grossman, seemed extremely agitated.
Is 80 the new 50? Data show surge in ‘healthy’ American seniors – but only among the rich and white | The Daily Mail
The number of adults 65 or older in the US who consider themselves ‘healthy’ has drastically increased since 2000 – but only for certain populations, a new study has found. In 2014, 22.4 million Americans in this age group reported feeling healthy, which was up from 14 million in 2000, the report from the University of Michigan concluded.
Falls Prevention Awareness Day | NCOA
The 10th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD) will be observed on Sept. 22, 2017—the first day of fall. In honor of this notable milestone, the theme of the event will be 10 Years Standing Together to Prevent Falls. This event raises awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults.
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