Healthcare in the United States of America

Healthcare in the United States of America

Healthcare in the United States of America

Meyer, H. (2020, August 14). COVID Data Failures Create Pressure for Public Health System Overhaul. Kaiser Health News. https://khn.org/news/covid-data-failures-create-pressure-for-public-health-system-overhaul/

California’s current health sharing data networks pale in comparison to other countries. The malfunction of the current system has omitted nearly 300,000 COVID-19 test results. Contact tracing is relatively impossible with the current coronavirus cases reported to public health departments, lacking critical information that is pertinent to slowing the spread of the virus. Sutter Health, along with other health providers, have initiated a case reporting system that will send patient health records to health agencies in all 50 states. This collaboration effort could prove beneficial to the implementation of a vaccine, and the overall success of public health systems.


Bluth, R. (2020, August 11). Amid COVID Chaos, California Legislators Fight for Major Health Care Bills. Kaiser Health News. https://khn.org/news/amid-pandemic-chaos-california-legislators-fight-for-major-health-care-bills/

Since the start of the pandemic, the regular Senate sessions have been put on hold, or have had to adjust greatly. August 31st marks the deadline for California lawmakers to have their bills sent to Governor Newsom. The bills in question include: banning the sale of most flavored tobacco products, allowing California to manufacture its own generic drugs, allowing nurse practitioners to practice independently, and giving the attorney general authority to deny hospital mergers. COVID-19 has proved to be a motivating force but also a hindering one. Many lawmakers are warning caution with passing such major legislation without proper input while other lawmakers are using the current pandemic to claim that these bills are necessary, “now more than ever”.


Whole Person Care Leads to Improved Care Coordination, Better Care, and Better Health. (2020, June 29). California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems. Retrieved August 3, 2020, from https://caph.org/2020/06/29/whole-person-care-leads-to-improved-care-coordination-better-care-and-better-health/

California has an 1115 Medicaid waiver, it led to the creation of Whole Person Care (WPC) and 25 pilot regional coalitions. These coalitions’ developed partnerships, data sharing, and multidisciplinary teams provide people holistic care. The 1115 Medicaid waiver helps WPC pilots pay for “street medicine, medical respite, and jail reentry support” in order to address a client’s total need for care. WPC has helped merge previously siloes services and provided framework to help traditionally underserved populations, like those with special needs. The waiver expires December 2020 and there is no plan in place for a transition.

Rovner, J. (2020, July 8). High Court Allows Employers To Opt Out Of ACA’s Mandate on Birth Control Coverage. Kaiser Health News. https://khn.org/news/high-court-allows-employers-to-opt-out-of-acas-mandate-on-birth-control-coverage/

The Supreme Court made a 7-2 ruling on the litigation over women’s healthcare in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Their ruling made it so that any employer with a “religious or moral objection” may opt-out of providing contraceptive coverage to their employees without penalty. Previously, the ACA did not require that contraceptives were covered, rather the Department of Health and Human Services recommended they be added. After this decision, religious groups and some business owners argued that they should not be forced to pay for an employee’s contraceptives if they were morally opposed. One Justice did note that this ruling may continue to be argued against in lower courts.

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