Health Care Bill
Health Care Bill
A healthcare bill is a proposed law presented to the legislation for discussion and approval. If the bill is enacted into a law, it will mostly affect the healthcare providers, stakeholders, and consumers of healthcare services (DeNisco & Barker, 2016). Most bills are meant to protect and secure the well fair of consumers and all those involved in healthcare delivery from any harm or intentional acts of those involved in the healthcare industry (DeNisco & Barker, 2016). The government is the major provider of healthcare services in the United States and its intentions is for every American citizen to be able to access quality health care services without any negative concerns (DeNisco & Barker, 2016).
The federal and the state governments are responsible for passing health care laws, which ensure that the healthcare system is effective and achieves its set goals (DeNisco & Barker, 2016). Health care professionals and all those involved in the delivery of healthcare services should be informed on all and new laws concerning their profession to integrate them into their service delivery (DeNisco & Barker, 2016). One of the current health care bills is the Protecting Moms and Infants Act, which was introduced to the legislation on April 19, 2018 by Mr. McConnell (Civic Impulse, 2018).
Protecting Moms and Infants Act Components
The first component of the bill is to improve treatment for pregnant and postpartum mothers (Civic Impulse, 2018). If this act is passed into law, it will protect pregnant women and their infants. The secretary of Health and Human Services shall provide a report to the public on the implementation of the recommendations related to opioid use by pregnant mothers (Civic Impulse, 2018). The information will also include the agencies and organizations responsible for the implementation of the recommended strategies. Additional information includes the source of funding to implement the recommended strategies and the secretary’s additional authority in the implementation process (Civic Impulse, 2018). The secretary must periodically update the report. The bill also allows for residential treatment programs for the pregnant and postpartum mothers where it provides annual budget allocations for the exercise (Civic Impulse, 2018).
The second component of the Protecting Moms and Infants Act is early interventions for pregnant women and infants (Civic Impulse, 2018). The bill mandates the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with the role of developing educational materials to add knowledge on healthcare practitioners and pregnant mothers on the use of opioid and what alternatives can be substituted for opioids (Civic Impulse, 2018). This can include involvement of other stakeholders in the decision-making process to come up with pain management solutions during pregnancy (Civic Impulse, 2018). The bill also allows an increased funding to the organizations responsible for addressing the opioid issue. The secretary is responsible for overseeing the implementation process. The Centers for Substance Abuse Treatment must collaborate with the healthcare stakeholders and provide support whenever necessary (Civic Impulse, 2018).
Healthcare Components That Are Addressed In This Bill
One of the healthcare components addressed in this bill is improving the health status of the citizens of America (Pol ; Thomas, 2013). The bill aims at preventing pregnant mothers from opioid abuse, which can endanger the life of the mother as well as the child. With other alternatives to pain management, the mother and the infant can be safe from any negative effects associated with the opioid use (Civic Impulse, 2018). The major component of the healthcare industry is to improve the health of all individuals and any policy or law that has the same principles as this component, it will support the achievement of this objective (Pol ; Thomas, 2013).
The early interventions for pregnant women and infants provided in the bill also ensure that the overall health status is improved (Civic Impulse, 2018). Early interventions are preventive measures aimed at preventing or discouraging further spread of the negative effects of the opioid use (Civic Impulse, 2018). The healthcare industry has implemented many preventive strategies, which can include immunizations and vaccines to manage the spread of an ailment and reduce the negative effects associated with the ailment (Pol ; Thomas, 2013). This is aimed to achieve the goal of improved health status of the population.
Another healthcare components addressed in this bill is protection of the population against any threat to their health (Pol ; Thomas, 2013). With this bill aimed at protecting the mother from the negative side effects of opioid use, this protects the mother from the threat that opioid use can have on her life (Pol ; Thomas, 2013). Early interventions are also aimed to serve this purpose of protecting the mother from any threat to her life. Preventive strategies in the healthcare profession are aimed at preventing any issue that could affect the health of an individual negatively (Pol ; Thomas, 2013).
The bill is aimed to impact the consumer of the healthcare service who are pregnant mothers. Pregnant mothers will be positively impacted by the bill, which is a healthcare component (Pol ; Thomas, 2013). Healthcare services are intended to benefit the consumers of the healthcare services, which are the pregnant mothers in the United States (Civic Impulse, 2018). This bill will improve the health of the pregnant mothers and their infants and protect them from any negative effects of opioid use. Healthcare laws and policies should benefit the consumer who should be the major consideration in the policy requirements (Pol ; Thomas, 2013). The Protecting Moms and Infants Act is aimed to benefit the moms and infants who are the most vulnerable (Civic Impulse, 2018).
Who Sponsored This Bill? Who Are The Proponents Of The Bill And Who Opposes This Legislation? What Is Their Position (i.e., Why Do They Disagree?).
Mitch McConnell who is the senior senator for Kentucky sponsored the bill and it is still in the first stage of the legislative process (Civic Impulse, 2018). The bill was read twice in the Senate and referred to the Committee of Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on April 4, 2018. The bill has not been passed on the senate (Civic Impulse, 2018). The committee chairs are yet to determine whether the bill will move past the committee stage. Congressman Brett Guthrie is also championing sponsoring the bill in the Senate with support from other medical professionals (Civic Impulse, 2018).
Does This Bill Helps Or Hinders Healthcare Services In The Community. Describe How It May Affect Allied Health Professionals.
The bill will help delivery of healthcare services in Surprise, Arizona by helping pregnant and postpartum mothers (Civic Impulse, 2018). Pregnant mothers and infants are vulnerable individuals and this bill seeks to protect this population (Deller et al., 2015). The use of opioid has negatively impacted pregnant mothers and their infants in the past which has led to a decrease in the efforts made to address drug abuse issues in most parts of the United States (Deller et al., 2015). With alternatives to opioids, pregnant mothers can be safe from the side effects of opioids (Deller et al., 2015). Due to this effect, the bill will have a positive reception by the community of Arizona, which will increase its integration into the healthcare system.
The bill will also help healthcare professional in addressing the opioid concern with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developing educational materials to help the healthcare professionals improve their knowledge and understanding about the opioid issue (Civic Impulse, 2018). The information is expected to help healthcare professionals to come up with other opioid alternatives which are safer and do not endanger the health of the pregnant mother as well as the infant (Civic Impulse, 2018). With increased funding from the federal government, healthcare professionals are able to achieve the healthcare goals, which include improving the health status of the population of the United States (Civic Impulse, 2018). This bill has a positive impact on the healthcare delivery and does not negatively affect the healthcare professionals.
Does This Bill Affect The Healthcare And Allied Healthcare Professionals?
The bill positively impacts the healthcare sector. This bill is aimed to improve the healthcare services and results (Civic Impulse, 2018). With improved health status of pregnant mothers and infants, it shall be a positive impact on the healthcare delivery as the main objective of healthcare facilities is to provide healthcare services to the public ensuring an overall improvement in the health status of the American citizens (Deller et al., 2015). This bill is intended to protect the consumer of healthcare services who are the public. With this bill, it will ensure the betterment of the health of pregnant mothers who are vulnerable and can be negatively affected by opioid use (Deller et al., 2015). The bill will not affect allied healthcare professionals who are nurses in the maternity departments as the bill is meant to improve their service delivery in their department by providing alternative methods of pain management, which will not have negative consequences to their patients (Deller et al., 2015).
Healthcare bills are meant to improve healthcare service delivery and not to bring harm to the sector (Gray, Lowery, ; Benz, 2013). Most healthcare bills do not negatively affect the healthcare professional although most considerations are done on the consumers of the healthcare services who are the public (Gray, Lowery, ; Benz, 2013). Other stakeholders also support the enactment of these bills as they enable the achievement of healthcare goals. Legislators have the responsibility of passing bills that benefit the public and healthcare bills must be considered and supported by most members who have the mandate of passing beneficial bills (Gray, Lowery, ; Benz, 2013). The Protecting Moms and Infants Act is receiving support from other stakeholders and healthcare professionals a sign that it will be passed into law (Civic Impulse, 2018). Those responsible for providing healthcare services to the public must also integrate passed laws into their profession to ensure the laws’ objectives are achieved (Gray, Lowery, & Benz, 2013).
Civic Impulse. (2018). S. 2710 — 115th Congress: Protecting Moms and Infants Act. Retrieved from https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s2710.
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