Medicaid provides health coverage and protections for persons with physical, intellectual and developmental disabilities. NHeLP works with state health advocates and litigates when necessary to protect the rights of vulnerable persons, making sure persons with disabilities receive the care they need and are legally entitled to, as well as protecting their rights when care is denied, terminated or reduced without notice or a hearing.
Health care costs caused by improper and unnecessary use of medications exceeded $200 billion in 2012, amounting to an estimated 10 million hospital admissions, 78 million outpatient treatments, 246 million prescriptions, and 4 million emergency department visits annually, according to a new report from the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.
This amount, representing 8% of the nation’s health care spending that year, “could pay for the health care of more than 24 million currently uninsured U.S. citizens,” said Murray Aitken, IMS Executive Director, in a news release announcing the report, Avoidable Costs in U.S. Healthcare: The $200 Billion Opportunity from Using Medicines More Responsibly.
These avoidable costs arose when patients failed to receive the right medications at the right time or in the right way, or received them but failed to take them, according to the report. Improvement is necessary in six areas: medication nonadherence, lag in adoption of evidence-based treatment practice, misuse of antibiotics, medication errors, suboptimal use of generics, and mismanaged polypharmacy in older adults.
AdvocacyDenver’s Public Service Announcements are airing on COMCAST to celebrate our HealthMatters Program and Yoga 4All Abilities classes.
Many thanks to the COMCAST production team, the Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being, Mudra Yoga Studio, and our “star” students!
Watch the videos below:
Worldwide, more than 350,000 women die every year from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth—that’s nearly one every minute. For women affected by conflict or disaster, who are displaced from their homes and communities, the risk of maternal death or injury is especially high. In fact, over 60 percent of the world’s maternal deaths occur in 10 countries, nine of which are currently experiencing or emerging from conflict. With the breakdown of traditional social structures during times of war or conflict, women face an increased threat of sexual abuse, exploitation and violence. And sexual violence puts them at high risk of unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortions, especially since they often lack access to emergency contraception and emergency care for pregnancy and childbirth complications.
Access to quality health services can mean the difference between life and death. In crisis settings, this access is particularly limited, increasing the risk of maternal death, the main causes of which are: hemorrhage, unsafe abortions, high blood pressure or prolonged and obstructed labor without access to cesarean section. The lack of access to health care also raises the risk of newborn death, usually caused by preterm birth, infection or asphyxia (lack of oxygen) during childbirth. However, there are several steps that can be taken to prevent maternal and newborn death. Training attendants to assist mothers during childbirth and making cesarean section readily available can prevent mothers and their infants from dying needlessly.
Parental Rights Toolkit
- Parental Rights Report Spanish
- Parental Rights Report-Final
- Parental Rights-Make-A-Plan-June-2014-Spanish
Host: Equip for Equality
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 –
Lisa Palumbo and Audra Passinault from LAF will be our featured speakers to discuss the intersection between immigration and disability. Specifically, they will address the recent Executive Orders and Implementation Memoranda of the current administration and how these policies may affect persons with disabilities. Given the heightened focus on immigration issues recently, this should be a very timely and useful presentation. The meeting will be at Equip for Equality (20 N. Michigan, Suite 300) from 9:30-11:00. The session will be eligible for 1.5 hours of Continuing Legal Education Credit. A captioner will be at the meeting. If you need an additional accommodation to participate, contact Barry Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org by 3/17. If you can’t attend in person, you can participate via teleconference by calling 800-910-8278 and entering code: 1940990.
Following the CBO score that found the House Republicans’ so-called “American Health Care Act” would cause 24 million people to lose health care coverage, NHeLP managing attorneys examine the bill’s “draconian changes” planned for Medicaid. Managing Attorney of the DC Office Mara Youdelman and Managing Attorney of the LA office Kim Lewis conclude that cutting $880 billion in federal funding and 14 million individuals off Medicaid “creates significant financial hardship for states and is devastating for low-income people everywhere. No one can afford these changes.”
With all Eyes on AHCA, House Advances 3 Bills that Could Reduce Benefits, Raise Costs for People in Employer-Based Coverage – Center on Health Insurance Reforms
With all Eyes on AHCA, House Advances 3 Bills that Could Reduce Benefits, Raise Costs for People in Employer-Based Coverage
The week of March 6 was a busy one in the world of health care policy. On the Hill, legislation partially repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and restructuring Medicaid was passed by two key House committees (H.R. the “American Health Care Act” or AHCA). At the Department of Health & Human Services, officials began reviewing almost 4,000 comments on the proposed ACA market stabilization rule that were received by the March 7th deadline.
Receiving far less attention was action in the House Education & Workforce Committee to advance three bills that could, if enacted, have far-reaching repercussions for people with employer-based health insurance.
Three bills that could undermine the security of employer-based coverage
President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress have committed to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). How do their replacement proposals compare to the ACA? How do they compare to each other?Plans available for comparison:The American Health Care Act as introduced by the House Republican leadership, March 6, 2017 (PDF)The Affordable Care Act, 2010 (PDF)More plans for comparison:Rep. Tom Price’s Empowering Patients First Act, 2015 (PDF)House Speaker Paul Ryan’s A Better Way: Our Vision for a More Confident America, 2016 (PDF)Sen. Bill Cassidy’s Patient Freedom Act, 2017 (PDF)Sen. Rand Paul’s Obamacare Replacement Act, 2017 (PDF)House Discussion Draft, February 10, 2017 (PDF)Click the column header to view available plans to compare. You may compare up to 3 plans.
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