Medicare proposal bad news for OMC, says CEO – PDN

So here comes the first of many negative changes to the health care from the Republican dominated Congress. There is still a chance this won’t be implemented, but don’t bet on it. Americans have put these people into office, they have taken away the government’s ability to negotiate drug prices and now are going to take away the funds needed to protect the most helpless of us from losing their medications.

PORT ANGELES — In the first six months of 2017, Olympic Medical Center reported a $1.1 million loss in revenue, and it could face more financial setbacks next year if Medicare weakens a discount drug program, Chief Executive Officer Eric Lewis said.

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http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/medicare-proposal-bad-news-for-omc-says-ceo/

The Company Behind Many Surprise Emergency Room Bills – NY Times

A good caution against getting overcharged at an emergency room visit. Though please don’t use the ER when you just need to see a physician.

Early last year, executives at a small hospital an hour north of Spokane, Wash., started using a company called EmCare to staff and run their emergency room. The hospital had been struggling to find doctors to work in its E.R., and turning to EmCare was something hundreds of other hospitals across the country had done.

That’s when the trouble began.

It appears that they are in use in Yakima, Sedro-Woolley and a few smaller cities in Eastern Washington.

The Company Behind Many Surprise ER Bills

Commentary: Cuts to Medicaid threaten services for disabled – Everett Herald

From Lance Morehouse, the  executive director of Sherwood Community Servicesin Lake Stevens.

Regardless of the fate of attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in Washington, D.C., services for thousands of people with disabilities in Washington State are at stake, especially as Congress considers cuts to Medicaid.

https://www.heraldnet.com/opinion/commentary-cuts-to-medicaid-threaten-services-for-disabled/

 

The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates – ProPublica

Following the discussion we had with Dr. Art Zoloph this month on the subject of stockpiling medicines, is this superb story by ProPublica. It begs the question of why not spend the money to appropriately test drug potency over time, given the expense of buying them?

Hospitals and pharmacies are required to toss expired drugs, no matter how expensive or vital. Meanwhile the FDA has long known that many remain safe and potent for years longer.
by Marshall Allen
ProPublica, July 18, 2017

https://www.propublica.org/article/the-myth-of-drug-expiration-dates

Newest Senate health bill would cause 32 million to lose coverage – CBO

Questions. No answers. The Republicans want to throw people off healthcare. Why? It is really wanting to  kill people who need healthcare as something preferable to finding a way to keep them alive? Not sure what the real feelings of these people are but their actions are really ugly. Who profits from this? Why is Mitch McConnell and others so hell bent on this suicide strategy? What will this country be like if millions of more people end up on the streets and homeless shelters of our cities? Is this all about lobbying by the big insurers? Or is this just an Anne Rand philosophical story (supported with funds by donors like the Koch brothers) that the poor deserve to die if they can’t pay the cost of insurance? Would we be a better country if millions are kept from healthcare? How is that possible? Are the people supporting these legislators really that callous? Living behind gated communities and out of touch with their neighbors? It’s bizarre and indicative of Marie Antoinette just before the desperate mobs stormed her gilted palace and cut off her head.

Some of the changes in the ORRA would take effect immediately, and the CBO estimates this would cause 17 million Americans to lose coverage immediately, in 2018.

Newest Senate Health Bill…

Cheri Van Hoover picks up Planned Parenthood Endorsement

This is an significant endorsement.
Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest & Hawaii has honored Cheri with their endorsement.  They stated, “you have been a strong supporter of women’s health and equality and we know you will continue to be a dedicated advocate. We are thrilled to announce your endorsement.”

Get your ballot in the mail before the August 1st deadline.

Smilemobile in Chimicum July 24-28

The SmileMobile is in Chimacum next week – July 24 through July 28 at the Tri-Area Community Center.  The dentists will provide care to babies up through high school age, pregnant/post-partum women and family members (capacity allows) of the children we see on the SmileMobile.  There will be multiple dentists working with us and we have lots of openings left on Tuesday.

Please print and send electronically to all of your friends, community partners, churches and other organizations.

We rely on the community to get the word out about our coming and encourage families to schedule!  Our expertise is providing the dentistry.

Our next stops will be in Forks – July 31 through August 11 and Sequim – August 14 – 23.

Warm regards,

Karri Amundson

Senior Program Officer-Arcora – The Foundation of Delta Dental of Washington

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