Topic: AB 50 Bill: AB50 MEDI-CAL ELIGIBILITY AND ENROLLMENT
Medical Eligibility and Enrollment
Accessibility of clinics, doctors’ centers and other providers of health care services is crucial to provision of health care services to disabled persons. In the US, there is a provision requires nurses to offer home care to a number of patients with chronic ailment within the comfort of their home areas. The nurses who are offering home based care to these patients are skilled in physical therapy, speech therapy, medical social services as well as home health aide services. Unfortunately, this provision has been steadily dropping relevance following what is perceived to be acute shortage of the nurses in the field. The demand for both hospital and home based care has significantly increased in the last few years that the number of the available nurses cannot provide sufficient service for the demand. Home care in this regard has suffered a blow
Bill to be analyzed
The bill in this context will be federal Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-152). In this bill there are ten sections that are discussed, in the ten sections out of which the most relevant one is the eighth section, which talks about: community Living Assistance and Supports Act (CLASS Act) (Amadeo 2013). The section enshrines how the patients with home care need should be supported and confirms that health care is for all irrespective of the position and geographical area. The government should invoke the provision of this bill to see into it then that Health care is universally provided as stipulated in the bill.
The Historical Context of the Issue
There were many patient is the US that were developing chronic condition following what was attributed to lifestyle. In this regard, more patients developed those illnesses that looked more of permanent condition that temporary that could be cured. In this reference, many of the patients succumbed to those condition that could be contained for life to continue, hence the enactment of this bills to provide home health care to all by involving the nurses in the rotational services. This plan has only been jeopardized by the inadequacy of the nurses, hence there is need to employ more nurses to meet the ever-increasing demand for the services. In the Historical context, there has been the problem of patient visiting the hospital with condition that only requires lifetime management; inclusion of the home based care will thus be of great help.
Over the time, there has been increased concern to practice Home health care with several nurses engaged in the nurses, even thought the number is still not sufficient given the ratio of the patients who are in need of the care. Through the CLASS Act, there has also been package set a side for the funding of the program at $50 daily, this is to ensure that the services do not meet funding problems. In the recent past, it has been found that the nurses to patient ratio is 1: 15, this is an abnormal situation that cannot be tolerated if the program has to stay (Amadeo 2013).
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