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Social Determinants of Health: Thoughts on Healthcare

JULY 27, 2017 | Tiffany High

Despite past complaints against ACA or “Obamacare”, AHCA/BCRA (or whatever version comes next) has been a looming threat to many more. From the laundry list of pre-existing conditions that could disqualify millions from healthcare eligibility, to the crippling premiums levied against those who actually do qualify, this bill could be a potential disaster waiting to happen. Whether or not the bill passes in its current form, the mere threat of losing services has been enough to get everyone thinking. This is not a problem affecting only a small number of people. No one can afford to just look the other way.

 

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39% of all children rely on Medicaid for their healthcare coverage. That is almost 36M children (as of April 2017) who would possibly lose their coverage.

What does that mean? Some parents would be forced to decide between buying groceries for the week and paying the out of pocket costs for their child’s doctor’s visit. Asthma medication or electric bill? We could be looking at an impending public health catastrophe. Stay tuned…

(Updated 7/28/17: In an overnight vote, the Senate rejected the bill that aimed to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act. So (for the time being, at least) things will remain as they were.)

Stay Informed. . . Stay Healthy!


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Shelley Tzorfas

Every Human Being has a “Pre-Existing Condition.” Even if you are perfectly healthy and not one of the estimated 60-70% of Americans on medication, you might develop an eye issue that requires surgery such as cataracts or glaucoma which likely places you on the list for… A Pre-existing condition.’

It is absurd to exclude women who are pregnant and their babies. There is no excuse for that.That leaves men from 30 to 50 without pre-existing conditions, not on medications, who do not have diabetes, eye issues, do not have surgery, have not fallen off a roof, without motorcycles, as eligible??? Forget baby boomers, only half of Generation X and probably very few millennials would be covered.

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