How to be Wonky (or, The Roots of Bipartisanship)

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national_capitol_building_washington_dc.jpgBy Stuart Portman

In the midst and fervor of a new year, it’s important to reflect on our passions for the work we do. As a recent alum (May 2015), I can personally say that the most valuable skill set I gained from the health policy program is the ability to analyze a topic/claim critically, while still trying to understand it’s original intent. That, and I will never cease to make something wonky and policy-related. That never goes away when you have a MPH.  Read the rest of this entry »

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January 25, 2016: Upcoming Events in D.C.

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January 19, 2016: Upcoming Events in D.C.

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The Case for Medicare for All

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By Steve Bowden

How Medicare for All Could Decrease the Number of Uninsured

Currently, Medicare provides health insurance for people who are over the age of 65, people with certain disabilities under the age of 65, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease. Thirty two million Americans do not currently have health insurance, even after the efforts of the Affordable Care Act. However, many more would have access to health insurance if the federal government expanded Medicare to cover all U.S. citizens and permanent legal residents.

How Employer-Based Health Insurance Fails to Rein In Health Care Spending

As of 2013, nearly 60% of Americans received their health insurance through their employer. Under the current, employer-based health insurance system that exists in the U.S., employers often help employees purchase health insurance from a private insurer by paying all or a part of the employee’s health insurance costs. Read the rest of this entry »

November 23, 2015: Upcoming Events in D.C.

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Come Together: A Collaborative Solution to Injection Drug Use

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By Priyanka Surio

Our generation’s War on Drugs…

Prescription painkillers, including opioids, are the nation’s fastest growing drug problem. There are 7 million injection drug users in the U.S. and a strong correlation exists between opioid abuse, injection of drugs, and the transmission of Hepatitis C (HCV) and HIV. What’s even more alarming is the sharp increase in the number of young persons who inject drugs. Data collected from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that the majority of reported cases of HCV from 2006-2012 were from adolescents and young adults, ages 30 and younger.

Now that I’ve got your attention… Read the rest of this entry »

November 16, 2015: Upcoming Events in D.C.

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Check out some of these health-care related opportunities around town!