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Early Life & Childhood/Youth Prompt One

Those planning families are vulnerable to being misinformed by the media due to a greater focus on profit and a lesser focus on providing quality, evidence-based information geared towards helping them make educated decisions. An example of this is information on Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) used to initiate pregnancies presented on the websites of clinics that provide related services. An analysis done on clinic websites providing information on their ARTs and induction services found that many were guilty of using language intended to advertise their services as superior to others (Walden, 2013). Many clinics were found to violate polices put in place by the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and American Medical Association (AMA) by describing their services as “superior” to other clinics and using colorful language such as “dream”, many failing to provide objective and comparable information. This type of practice can get in the way of potential parent’s ability to receive evidence-based information that they can use to compare and make an educated decision.

New parents; whether in preconception, prenatal, or postpartum stages; want to know the best ways in which to make healthy and sustainable choices for themselves and their children. Carrying parents (non-cisgendered males and non-gendered people can also carry children) want to know how their bodies may be affected by pregnancy and what to expect when giving birth. Posting birthing videos on the internet has become a trend in recent years (MacGregor, 2012). Using birthing videos as an educational tool is one way that carrying parents can figure out what to expect. Professionally made birthing videos can also be a good way to ease anxiety among expecting parents as well, since they’re less likely to show the scarier aspects of birth. Expecting and new parents also want to know what steps they can take to improve their reproductive health and prevent diseases; before, during, and after pregnancy. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) enacted several requirements for insurers to cover without cost-sharing in their care packages, including: preventative care visits, tests, screenings, and counseling (Sonfield, 2012). Of course, whether or not these requirements have affected general reproductive knowledge and health depends on whether or not young people have been made aware of them. It’s also unknown how long the ACA will still apply to healthcare law, and how reproductive health and disease prevention will be covered without cost-sharing.

At this time the United States healthcare system operates in terms of how to make the biggest profit. Providing consumers with quality, evidence-based, and unbiased information is often put on the sidelines. Public health organizations attempt to regulate this information for the sake of education and integrity. For example, the AMA has guidelines for their clinics on how to formulate their websites. However Walden pointed out that the AMA does not check for compliance, and a study found that “the majority of fertility clinic websites failed to meet basic AMA guidelines…”(2013). So while guidelines are in place, they are not always met. New and expecting parents need to be wary of this system that doesn’t always have their best interest in mind.

Sources:

Huang, J. Y., Discepola, F., Al-Fozan, H., & Tulandi, T. (2005). Quality of fertility clinic websites. Fertility and Sterility, 83(3), 538-544. doi:10.1016/j.fertnstert.2004.08.036

MacGregor, H. (2012, September 6). The birth of a trend: Posting childbirth videos online. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved from http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-birth-movies-20120809-story.html

Pearson, R. (2016). Consumer Health: Birth, Birth Options, Maternal-Child Consumer Issues [PowerPoint Slides]. Retrieved from chrome-extension://bpmcpldpdmajfigpchkicefoigmkfalc/views/app.html

Sonfield, A. (2012). Beyond Contraception: The Overlooked Reproductive Health Benefits of Health Reform’s Preventive Services Requirement. Guttmacher Policy Review, 15(4). Retrieved from https://www.guttmacher.org/gpr/2012/10/beyond-contraception-overlooked-reproductive-health-benefits-health-reforms-preventive

Walden, R. (2013, March). Direct-to-Consumer: Fertility Clinic Advertising on the Web. National Women’s Health Network: A Voice for Women, A Network for Change. Retrieved from https://www.nwhn.org/direct-to-consumer-fertility-clinic-advertising-on-the-web/

 

Healthcare Prompt 2

I believe most consumers don’t understand why people would lose insurance from the implementation of the BCRA. Many assume that this bill would be taking away peoples insurance by force, partially because they do not understand the healthcare industry at a base level, and partially because they do not understand Obamacare and the BCRA.

Obamacare legislated that insurers could not discriminate against prospective customers for pre-existing conditions, this alone is not feasible for insurance companies. In order for this to work, the american people must forcefully be signed up for insurance, so the insurance companies can maintain profitability. So this is actually allowing those who wish to not bother spending money on insurance to do exactly that.

Although I’m glad to think that people might no longer be forced to purchase something they don’t want, I’m not so sure about the economic effects that could have. We may see insurance companies going out of business due to the insurance pools having larger portions of risky customers. I’d like to know how that could play out in more depth. My Mom is in the healthcare industry, so I might ask her what she thinks.

Health Care Prompt Two

In reading this resource I learned that by passing the H.R. 1628, Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 was going to save approximately $321 billion through the years 2017-2026. The only negative impact that it would have on the people is that the individuals that cannot afford insurance will not have it. The Better Care Reconciliation Act would remove the penalties and make it more expensive for individuals to pay for medical attention. According to the H.R. 1628, Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 states that “by 2026, an estimated 49 million people would be uninsured, compared with 28 million who would lack insurance that year under current law” (H.R. 1628, Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, 2017). This information provided by the Congressional Budget Office and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation have estimated the effects of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017.

In this case Obamacare provided all a means to be insured and if you were not insured you had to pay a penalty. This in my opinion was beneficial for both the insured and the individuals that do not have it. One of the main things that I would like to know is how much of an impact will it has to those that cannot afford health insurance. The increase of premiums will also negatively impact those that cannot afford it. In conducting further research I found that the affordable care act website had very informational sources to help those looking into becoming more informed in the types of insurances available. The current site that I found is the http://www.medicaid.gov/affordable-care-act/index.html.

Health Care Prompt 2

When I first learned about the Affordable Care Act I wasn’t outraged and neither were my parents. We know many people who fall below the poverty line who has had children that needed to be hospitalized and placed on medication. If it wasn’t for the ACA, they would not have been able to afford it. Many of them work at the warehouse my family runs. They are hardworking people and yet they still don’t make enough. With the ACA they got the help that they needed and removed some of the stress that they have to carry every day.

By 2018 it is estimated that 15 million more people would be uninsured under the new legislation because the penalty of not having insurance would be eliminated. By 2026, 49 million would be uninsured (Congressional Budget Office, 2017). Millions of people will be uninsured causing them to owe thousands of dollars if they have to seek medical attention. Many of them will not be able to afford to pay the cost of the medical bills due to the high cost. Just with an ambulance ride, it cost about 500-700 to take a ride. It’s going to lead people to be more in debt and many won’t pay the bills because they have families to take care of first. I think that the penalty for not having insurance should stay but reduce the cost of the penalty. A site that is reliable to look up more information would be on the http://www.medicaid.gov/affordable-care-act/index.html it’s one of the only few sites you can trust due to it being a governmental site and not a commercial or organization.

Health Care Prompt One up

Hi all – take a peek here. That second prompt is up now, as an option for “extra learning.” Remember that “Perfect World” (Friday, 10pm) and “Last Chance” (Sunday, 10pm) deadlines apply, for all posts you choose to complete. Remember that you must do a total of five. You must ALSO choose one post per week. (Meaning that you can NOT skip a week or two, and then rush out five posts in the last two weeks, covering only two topics.)

Just a reminder that the course rubric is also up – with an explanation of how it works and why. View that here at the Guidelines and Deadlines page! Please do let me know if you have questions. I’m on email and available by office phone almost all day, most days.