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August 18, 2013 at 6:47 AM
Include managed-care plans
Dr. Ricardo Jimenez, medical director of Sea Mar Community Health Centers, highlights a significant deficiency in the state’s new Health Benefit Exchange. [“Guest column: Falling short of Obamacare’s goals,” Opinion, Aug. 15.]
The exclusion of Medicaid managed-care plans will hurt people currently receiving health care under these plans.
If these plans do not meet the criteria for inclusion in the exchange, I suggest that state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler and his advisers reconsider their criteria, and take into account the consequences of offering only commercial plans on those who can least afford health care.
Is this not in conflict with the goals of the Affordable Care Act, namely, to make affordable, quality health care accessible to all?
Diana Bader, independent board member of the Community Health Plan of Washington, Lynnwood
August 10, 2013 at 7:06 AM
Socialized medicine is a bad idea
These people who complain about medical costs are probably the same people that vote for amnesty. [“Northwest Voices: Hip-replacement costs,” Opinion, Aug. 8.]
When I lived in Yakima, a sign was posted in the lobby of the hospital. It said, if you were an undocumented Hispanic person, you didn’t need to pay your bill, because the hospital had a program for you. Wow!
Medicare and Medicaid pay so little that the hospitals go after those who have regular insurance.
Letter-writer Kate Elias should look into how long the wait is for a new hip when you have socialized health care.
Suzan Ellis, Renton
March 1, 2013 at 4:00 PM
Solutions for ‘unsustainable’ programs?
The Seattle Times editorial said that we must consider cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security because the aging of the population has made these programs unsustainable [“Avoid sequester gimmick,” Opinion, Feb. 22].
My question is: And what? We just let them die? Let them starve and turn them away from our doctors? A civilized society doesn’t do that.
It is absolutely idiotic the way long lists of solutions to our economic woes involve making us poorer. Hello. Anybody home?
–Harold R. Pettus, Everett
February 25, 2013 at 4:00 PM
Non-physician health-care providers will be indispensable
In his op-ed, “Are there enough doctors to expand Medicaid coverage?” [Opinion, Feb. 19], Dr. Nick Rajacich argues that as Washington considers expanding Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, we should figure out whether there are enough doctors and other caregivers to care for the potential 300,000-plus new patients.
His concern is shared by many of us who focus on Washington’s health.
A growing segment of our workforce that will continue being indispensable in the future of care is advanced-practice registered nurses (APRNs). Primary-care health-care providers are not exclusively physicians. APRNs already are critical to primary care in Washington, and will be vital to the successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Of the approximately 5,200 Washington APRNs, many have their own primary-care practices in Washington; some work in partnership with physicians; others are certified nurse midwives and certified nurse anesthetists.
Washington is one of 13 states where APRNs can practice independently, without oversight or direction from physicians. Research confirms that APRN patient outcomes and patient satisfaction match that of physicians.
The Medicaid expansion is an opportunity to extend coverage to many more people in Washington, and it can be successful in an environment of coordinated, effective care.
–Linda Tieman, executive director of the Washington Center for Nursing, Tukwila
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