The NY Times has an interesting article about new approaches to providing healthcare. And it has insurers a bit worries.
Olympia, WA — The Washington State Office of the Attorney General has published a guide outlining pregnant employees’ civil rights under a state law passed in 2017.
The Trump administration has radically changed the Title X funding model. It is going all out to cut funding to any women’s health care clinic that provides any kind of abortion counseling services. Here’s some of the details.
Require that Title X funded activities have full physical and financial separation from abortion-related activities. In addition to separate accounting and electronic and paper health records, providers would need to have separate treatment, consultation, examination and waiting rooms, office entrances and exits, workstations, signs, phone numbers, email addresses, educational services, websites, and staff. This new requirement would essentially disqualify any provider from receiving Title X funds if they also offered abortions.
Link to the PDF of the full report
From the Seattle Times. As if we didn’t suspect as much.
Getting high in Washington state has turned into a low for the environment, as trash from the booming pot industry clogs gutters, sewers and landfills. Fertilizers from grow operations end up in Puget Sound, and millions of pounds of waste could be composted, but aren’t. Meanwhile, synthetic marijuana known as K2 is making headlines in Connecticut, where more than 70 people overdosed in one day.
UPDATE:THANKS TO YOUR EFFORTS
THIS HAS BEEN FUNDED!
The cause: Jefferson’s Public Health clinics have an opportunity to replace ancient equipment with refurbished items at a bargain basement rate, for which they have no budget.
When students need counseling or help with family planning products, human papillomava virus (HPV) vaccinations, testing for sexually transmitted disease (STDs), and other more routine health problems, these services are provided discreetly and with great care by specially trained Public Health (PH) nurses. No other state high schools on the Olympic Peninsula provide these essential services. Jefferson County PH runs on a shoestring budget, always a little short of their needs.
You can help, now.
Our new project is local, but critical to getting appropriate health care to un-insured or under-insured Public Health patients, especially those in the high school clinics.
The goal is to raise $3k so they can acquire a new exam table (the current one is still in use but is dangerous and uncomfortable for large people) and replace a very old autoclave that is used to sterilize IUD insertion packs and reusable speculums. Normally, these items would cost many thousands of dollars, but PH connected with a company that refurbishes equipment so that it sells for a more reasonable price. These deals are only available this summer.
The best part is – you can donate to this cause through Public Health directly. (see below) and your contribution is tax-deductible.
Generous local donors have already raised $10k for the Greater Northwest Planned Parenthood last fall. Now, let’s help our local family planning providers. Send your donation to:
School-based clinic supplies
J.C.P.H. – 615 Sheridan, PT, WA 98368
Thank you for supporting Port Townsend’s family planning services for women and girls.
Please send your check as soon as possible.
A phenomenon that many of us have seen and instinctively understood has now been quantified
Jefferson Healthcare and many other rural hospitals, take advantage of a Federal program called 340B.
As the article states:
This little-known federal program was created to help uninsured or vulnerable patients get access valuable medications regardless of their abilities to pay. This was done by providing certain participating hospitals or safety net clinics with discounted medicines. The 340B program has become an extremely important program for patients in need in this era of unaffordable and unsustainable drug prices.
The article lays out the problems with the 340B program and how some hospitals are abusing it to help themselves remain profitable.
While the point of sharing this article is not to infer that Jefferson Healthcare is in any way one of the ‘bad actors’ in the 340B debate, this article gives the average person a very good quick overview of the controversy. The battle over 340B is playing out in Congress, and it’s outcome will affect JHC. JHC does a great deal charity care, including use of 340B funds, and the program to offer charity care has been recently reformatted to allow people who do not have the means to afford to get needed care. (More on that can be found at the JHC website, JHC Charity Care overview )
I will be looking into the local ramifications of this issue in upcoming months, and should have a more comprehensive overview on them later.
But for now. Here’s a good quote:
For too many hospitals, the 340B program has become a road to profits, not a safety net and not a way to expand charity care for uninsured, indigent patients. For too many patients, particularly those with cancer, the 340B program has not reduced their cost of care 1 cent.
Read the whole opinion piece here: