Medicaid expansion has been a topic of conversation in the news. As the Presidential election heats up, it is no doubt that healthcare reform will once again become a main point of discussion.
John Oliver’s recent segment on Medicaid expansion highlights the cost of not expanding Medicaid has on our health. The reluctance of key political figures to expand Medicaid has left more than 3 million people in this country in the “Medicaid Gap” – too poor to qualify for subsidies in the new marketplaces, but ineligible to receive Medicaid assistance.
A recent article in the New York Times broke down uninsured rates by county – and the trend is clear. The South has the highest rates of uninsured adults and the highest portion of states that have chosen not to expand Medicaid. This is not the type of trend Georgia wants to be a part of.
I joined H-STAT because I believe that access to health care is an essential human right. But as a student it can be difficult to figure out where to start. I’m grateful to have found H-STAT, an organization committed to educating and training students about the major challenges facing the state and how to become advocates for the causes we believe in.
I’m grateful to H-STAT for providing me a way to see what health care looks like beyond the clinics, hospitals and institutions we students spend so much of our time in. It’s important to see beyond what we learn in the classroom and understand the disconnect between who gets to make decisions and who is actually impacted by them. Our goal at H-STAT is to teach students how to be that bridge and to be advocates for their patients and their communities. We provide students opportunities to use the skills they have learned to help create a healthier Georgia through education, service and advocacy.
I’m proud to be part of an organization committed to developing our future health care leaders. And I am excited to continue this legacy as we continue to grow and evolve and find new ways to engage professional students throughout the state.
The work that we are able to do is only made possible by our amazing supporters and mentors who have helped us create this amazing space to collaborate across disciplines and make a difference in the community.
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