How many times have you gone to the doctor, and within 5-10 minutes of you expressing your issue, your given an answer and pushed out the door for another patient to be seen. Our health is more than a number, but not more than a dollar sign to the hospitals and doctor offices. Experiencing neglect at the hands of a doctor can be the cause of life long trauma. Many in our community go to the doctor looking for answers. Understand the doctor has studied to care for you, but their knowledge is not infinite. Many times we know ourselves much better than those providing sporadic care.
When I go to the doctor I’m going in with the mindset of what my symptoms are, common illnesses that cause the symptoms and medications that may be useful. This in turn helps the doctor in deciding what measures to take.
Taking tests could further narrow down the problem, but you may have to be adamant on having them done. As minorities our pains are often mistaken for exaggerations. At this time persistence is key. Don't worry about payout for insurance there are programs to assist you. Hospitals are required to help you regardless if you can pay at that time or not. Your health is more important.
In the same token apply for some type of insurance so the financial burden will be less impactful.
If you are barely getting by, apply for Husky.
If you don't qualify for Husky apply for the Affordable Care Act. Private insurance may cost, but if you or a dependent visits the doctor frequently. Insurance will provide you with some sort of security.
Winter in New England can can be torture. Having lived here my entire existence, I’ve bore witness to cold that felt like my skin was being mutilated. With over 3,033 homeless in Connecticut this same feeling is being felt throughout our communities. So much so, we have individuals that rather "Go To Jail" than be on the street.
There is no reasonable explanation as to why our state has not stepped up to make the changes necessary to end this crisis. Every year there are funds allocated to organizations to end homelessness and yet every winter people are still homeless.
The amount of real estate available for rehabilitation is vast. We have neighborhoods that have been leveled, with no complete plans to revitalize the area like Long River Village. Grants have been awarded to a few nonprofits to make homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring for families, youth and individuals by advancing the coordinated statewide homelessness response system. Homelessness has decreased 32% since 2018 according to the 2019 PIT. Progress has been incremental, but impactful, we are joining the fight and will be pushing for faster outcomes. Most recently the funds awarded from Jeff Bezo's to the organization's across America should enhance the services. In Connecticut, CCEH and The Covenant House have received funding to combat homelessness. We not only need to provide low-income housing, but also Employment Development and Financial Education.
Our media outlets insure that we will continue to receive coverage of current events.
What is Trending on Twitter?
What is Breaking News on CNN?
What a broadcasting on Facebook Live?
These are worries many are always perpetuating, but what are we doing when something important is brought to light?
We have known about the problems our healthcare in America has had for decades. Yet, this is not at the top of the list for politicians. Our president is worried about securing the boarder and building walls. We are in a society which, relies on us to work to keep a strong GDP.
The problem is 40% of Americans have a chronic illness, that’s 133 Million people.
(National Health Council)
More than 75% of all healthcare comes from chronic illness. There are 27.5 million people who don’t have health insurance. (Census, 2019)
Do you see where I’m going with this?!
These numbers are staggering and yet the crisis continues to get overlooked.
Why do so many go without coverage?!
Believe me, it’s not that 27.5 Million don’t want to be covered when they need it. It’s because insurance is too HIGH.
Imagine making 20,000 a year!
Car insurance: 250
Yearly Total: 19,440
How can health insurance be squeezed in?
Our basic Human Rights are violated by our government who choose to not take the drastic measure necessary to fix our healthcare system.
Article 25: Right to Adequate Standard of Living. This means Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
Humans are social creatures. We take care of one another, therefore insuring the survival of the group. Our government has been elected as the leaders of our group and yet they neglect the very people they are sworn in to protect.
We have to do better!!
There are solutions that can be executed. It may mean higher taxes to erase healthcare costs.
Sacrifice a little and Gain the Lot.