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Why is it okay for a few Republicans Senators with NO MEDICAL EXPERIENCE “write” a new bill for health-care? Honestly, this is not right. We the people elect Congress, which is the House of... Read More

  1. by   SC_RNDude
    Quote from MunoRN
    Medicaid does have copays, typically ranging from $3 to $10 for an ER visit, it varies by state and by income.

    One thing that appears pretty well established is that Medicaid patients underuse primary and ER services, this is part of our cost problem is that too often we're treating these patients in an advanced, severely acute phase of a disease process that could have been much cheaper to treat if caught earlier.

    As for ER use, I see plenty of people who didn't need to come in, but there also far more people who come in much later than they should have, and it's those folks who cost our system massive amounts, not the people coming in for the sniffles.
    In my state children under 19 do not have copays for ER visits, and many other services.
  2. by   Lil Nel
    There is an article in today's NYTimes which illustrates the problem so beautifully.

    Apparently, the folks living in eastern Kentucky (which will be hit extremely hard if McConnellcare is enacted) didn't know that their US Senator (McConnell) wants to take away their Medicaid. One in three Kentuckians receives Medicaid benefits, because our former governor expanded it as part of Obamacare.

    How they don't know where McConnell stands (stood) on this issue is beyond me. He spoke frequently against Obamacare, as did the new governor of Kentucky, Matt Bevin. Bevin is actively trying to get the state out of expanded Medicaid.

    But it isn't just the folks living in eastern Kentucky who are ignorant about the bill. I work at a tiny, rural, community-owned hospital. The other night, I asked other nurses if they were concerned about the Senate bill and how it might impact our little hospital. I was met with blank stares. One nurse told me she didn't understand the bill. Several said they didn't know what I was talking about.

    These people are NURSES whose very lively hood could very well be effected by cuts to Medicaid. What is the root cause of their ignorance?
  3. by   toomuchbaloney
    Quote from SC_RNDude
    In my state children under 19 do not have copays for ER visits, and many other services.
    So you want to add copay costs in your state to discourage young adults and children from seeking care as often as they currently do?
  4. by   SC_RNDude
    Quote from toomuchbaloney
    So you want to add copay costs in your state to discourage young adults and children from seeking care as often as they currently do?
    I want something that discourages people from over-consuming valuable healthcare resources.
  5. by   Lil Nel
    Quote from SC_RNDude
    I want something that discourages people from over-consuming valuable healthcare resources.
    It seems to me that the solution you are looking for is called education.
  6. by   MunoRN
    Quote from SC_RNDude
    In my state children under 19 do not have copays for ER visits, and many other services.
    And that's probably not a bad idea, copays are a tricky balance, you want it to be an amount that causes people to consider if they really need medical attention right now or if it can wait, but at the same time doesn't prevent anyone from seeking medical attention who should be. I'm sure there are states that have looked at their ED utilization and have found that it can be harmful at times to kids to give poor parents a financial incentive to not bring them to the ER.
  7. by   MunoRN
    Quote from SC_RNDude
    I want something that discourages people from over-consuming valuable healthcare resources.
    Early use of Emergency medical services is what prevents over-consuming valuable healthcare services.
  8. by   BCgradnurse
    Quote from Lil Nel
    It seems to me that the solution you are looking for is called education.
    And availability of preventative care, like Planned Parenthood for women's health care.
  9. by   heron
    And a little less emphasis on profits.
  10. by   herring_RN
    Two more Senate Republicans oppose health-care bill, leaving it without enough votes to pass
    By Sean Sullivan and Lenny Bernstein July 17 at 9:06 PM

    ... Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) issued statements declaring that they would not vote for the revamped measure.
    They joined Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), who also oppose it.
    With just 52 seats, Republicans can afford to lose only two votes to pass their proposed rewrite of the Affordable Care Act.
    All 48 Democrats are expected to vote against it....

    Two more Senate Republicans oppose health-care bill, leaving it without enough votes to pass - The Washington Post
  11. by   herring_RN
    Trump: Repeal ObamaCare now, then 'start from a clean slate'
    Trump: Repeal ObamaCare now, then 'start from a clean slate' | TheHill
    Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump 44m44 minutes ago
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    Republicans should just REPEAL failing ObamaCare now & work on a new Healthcare Plan that will start from a clean slate. Dems will join in!
    Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) on Twitter
  12. by   herring_RN
    Top Senate Republican McConnell calls for simply repealing Obamacare after replacement collapses
    "Regretfully, it's now apparent that the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failure of Obamacare will not be successful," McConnell said in a statement.
    "So, in the coming days, the Senate will vote to take up the House bill with the first amendment in order being what a majority of the Senate has already supported in 2015 and that was vetoed by then-President Obama: a repeal of Obamacare with a two-year delay to provide for a stable transition period to a patient-centered health care system that gives Americans access to quality, affordable care."...
    http://www.cnbc.com/2017/07/17/presi...ment-plan.html
  13. by   SC_RNDude
    Quote from herring_RN
    Top Senate Republican McConnell calls for simply repealing Obamacare after replacement collapses
    "Regretfully, it's now apparent that the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failure of Obamacare will not be successful," McConnell said in a statement.
    "So, in the coming days, the Senate will vote to take up the House bill with the first amendment in order being what a majority of the Senate has already supported in 2015 and that was vetoed by then-President Obama: a repeal of Obamacare with a two-year delay to provide for a stable transition period to a patient-centered health care system that gives Americans access to quality, affordable care."...
    Mitch McConnell calls for Obamacare repeal after replacement plan collapses
    McConnell is a moron.

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