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NEWSLETTER

Monthly NHMA Newsletter submitted by Dr. Elena Rios

22nd ANNUAL CONFERENCE

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MEMBERSHIP

Have a Voice. Make an Impact. We Invite you to become a member.

Help Victims in Puerto Rico and  Mexico

Hurricane Maria and Earthquake have brought devastating destruction to Puerto Rico and Mexico. As an organization based on helping the Hispanic community, we ask that our members look at some of the following ways to help the victims of these tragedies. 

EVENTS

 

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PUBLICATIONS

Consensus Summit on Building Diversity in Medicine and Research Report

As a part of an ongoing commitment to promote health care equity and quality, the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) convened a meeting of national experts to the Consensus Summit on Building Diversity in Medicine and Research, on January 29, 2015 at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.  National leaders for underrepresented populations in science and medicine discussed their best ideas and practices for improving representation; established recommendations, and formulated a direction and consensus statements, with the aim to build diversity in medicine and research in the U.S. not sure about the wording:  Link here to the Summit Final Report.

Read Full Report

NHMA White Paper: NHMA Produced a white paper entitled: “An Examination of Minority Populations and the Dental Service Organization Model in the US," which examines dental access among minority & low -income populations.

Read full report.

For More Publications: Click Here

PARTNERS

                                        

 

 

          

 

WHAT'S NEW AT NHMA

Introducing the NHMA Endorsed Employee Benefits Program: NHMA is excited to respond to the needs of its member physicians and supporters by offering our new NHMA Endorsed Employee Benefits Program.  The program offers access to quality health plans and valuable supplemental insurance and business products for NHMA physicians, members and their staff. Click here for more information. 

NHMA's "CALL TO ACTION" against GOP Health Care Bill to Repeal  : This week, the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson Bill was introduced in the Senate as a last effort to Repeal the ACA this year. NHMA is not in favor of this bill.  NHMA advocates for health reform that includes access to affordable healthcare insurance for all and Medicaid expansion and subsidies and cost sharing for insurance plans. We must move forward to improve health reform policy that includes Essential Beneifits, health care professional diversity, leadership development and the support for the Offices of Minority Health at the US HHS agencies. Go to Government Affairs for Call to Action for more details and to Call your Senator TODAY.

NHMA Conference - Mar. 22-25, 2018, Washington, DC  - We are seeking Speakers Abstracts - till Sept. 30th; Sponsors; Exhibitors to Share Career Opportunities for physicians and health professionals; and Loan Repayment programs, Masters programs for policy, public health, business for medical students; Financial planning and Technology for physicians and medical students.  See Conference page on this website.

Research Training Programs - NHHF PCORI Program - seeking Jr Faculty Mentees and Sr Faculty Mentors - includes webinars and 2 day training at NHMA Conference on Mar. 21-22

                                                    NIDDK Program seeking Residents for one day training at NHMA Conference on Mar. 22

NHMA College Scholars Program - Conferences for College PreHealth Students - Los Angeles (TBD), San Antonio (TBD), Washington, DC (Mar. 24, 2018) - We are seeking Mentors - medical, nursing, public health, dental students who will meet at least once per month with a college student.

NHMA Medical School Liaison Program - We are seeking NHMA members to meet with medical students 3 times during the academic year.

For programs above - send an email to NHMA@NHMAmd.org

TWITTER

NHMA Policy Statements

NHMA POLICY STATEMENT ON ACA REPEAL AND REPLACE

 

 

The National Hispanic Medical Association mission is to empower Hispanic physicians to work with our public and private partners to improve the health of Hispanic populations. 

 

NHMA is opposed to the Senate continuing to decrease access to health care in our communities as the Congress is calling for in their efforts to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

 

The ACA was signed into law by President Obama in 2010 and has resulted in 30 million newly insured Americans.  Hispanics have been the group to gain the most. The ACA Repeal and Replace is a Republican policy focus as they have tried 70 times and now they are trying a unique way (under Senate Reconciliation rules)  ----

 

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA) that only changes the budget areas of the ACA – by eliminating:

 

              ·       Individual and employer mandates, penalties (revenues to Federal govt)

              ·       Essential benefits for qualified health insurance plans of the Marketplaces (states, Fed) (hospital, medical, labs, prevention screening/counseling, mental health, vision, oral health, women’s health)

              ·        Income subsidies for age tax credits (so older persons would pay up to $16K compared to ACA of $1700 average

              ·       Prevention health fund – major CDC public health programs

              ·       Pre-existing conditions deletion from underwriting for health insurance purchase

              ·       Medicaid expansion at the level of ACA

              ·       Funding to Planned Parenthood

 

NHMA is opposed to the major infrastructure changes that would decrease a Trillion dollars of Medicaid expansion and change Medicaid from an entitlement to a state block grant or a capitation program with work requirements for the disabled on Medicaid. State waivers would be flexible as to the eligibility for Medicaid as well as with the benefits for insurance plans.  The goal is to allow states to allow insurance plans with limited benefits – that would create less costly premiums for Americans, and lead to state variation in health insurance coverage.

 

NHMA supports continued subsidies to the middle class families and small employers for health care insurance and cost-sharing for insurance companies to support middle class families.

 

NHMA supports continued value-based care efforts to provide quality care and patient-centered care.

 

NHMA strongly supports Culturally-Competent and Linguistically Appropriate health care programs and the leadership needed with the Offices of Minority Health at the US Department of Health and Human Services.

 

  

 

Congressional Budget Office has scored the AHCA House Bill and projects 23 million will lose health care insurance and would reduce the debt by $119 billion by 2026. CBO noted that one sixth of the U.S. population would be affected by states seeking waivers to strip ACA essential benefits.

 

 

 

President’s FY18 Budget includes elimination of prevention programs, diversity programs to recruit disadvantaged students into the health care professions schools, SNAP, School meal programs that are all needed for healthy families.

 

 

 

NHMA has a Call to Action on www.nhmamd.org and urges all health care professionals and students and others in our network to call their Congressman and Senators to hear their concerns for these drastic cuts that will impact health of our communities.  NHMA especially is interested in saving Medicaid and CHIP, clinics (up for reauthorization this year), as well as the essential benefits of the ACA, and maintaining access to health insurance and affordable quality healthcare, and of course, saving the HRSA diversity programs for Hispanics and other disadvantaged students applying to health professional schools and the CDC Prevention programs, especially the HIV, TB and STIs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sincerely yours,

 

 

Elena Rios, MD, MSPH, FACP

 

President and CEO

 

National Hispanic Medical Association

Bills

NHMA is adding content to our new program pages. Please check back soon!

National Hispanic Leadership Agenda

                                    

National Hispanic Leadership Agenda Celebrates 25 Years of Advocacy

 

NHMA is adding content to our new program pages. Please check back soon!

Current Advocacy Activities

H.R. 2927-
To authorize Hispanic-serving institutions receiving grants under Part A of title V of the Higher Education Act of 1965
to use such grant amounts to assist students in entering medical schools, and for other purposes.

Click here

H.R. 5529
- Accessing Higher Education Opportunities Act 

Click here
 
 
CALL TO ACTION!
 
September 15, 2017
 
This week, the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson Bill was introduced in the Senate as a last effort to Repeal the ACA this year. NHMA is not in favor of this bill, that will do the following:
  • Eliminate the ACA’s marketplace subsidies and enhanced matching rate for the Medicaid expansion and replace them with an inadequate block grant. Block grant funding would be well below current law federal funding for coverage, would not adjust based on need, would disappear altogether after 2026, and could be spent on virtually any health care purpose, with no requirement to offer low- and moderate-income people coverage or financial assistance.
  • Convert Medicaid’s current federal-state financial partnership to a per capita cap, which would cap and cut federal Medicaid per-beneficiary funding for seniors, people with disabilities, and families with children.
  • Destabilize the individual insurance market in the short run — by eliminating federal subsidies to purchase individual market coverage and eliminating the ACA’s individual mandate to have insurance or pay a penalty — and in the long run. After 2026, once the bill’s block grant funding ends, it would amount to repeal of the ACA’s major coverage provisions with no replacement — an approach that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated would cause 32 million people to lose coverage and lead individual markets to collapse in most of the country.

Please call the U.S. Capitol operator during business hours at 202-224-3121. They will connect you directly to your Senator or Congressional Representative. (Click here to find your Senator and Click here to find your Representative) When you’re done, we encourage you to fill out this form to tell us who you called. We will be following up with an update on what Congress decides to do. 

 
 
May 26, 2017

Dear Colleagues:

Join the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) in telling Congress that any effort to structurally change Medicaid (by block grant or caps) and the SNAP Program will be dangerous for the American people, especially those who rely on these programs for livelihood of their families. Millions of Americans would not be able to enjoy a healthy status and function in our society. 

We especially are opposed to the elimination of the Federal HRSA diversity health professions programs of Title VII – the Health Careers Opportunity Program and the Centers of Excellence which have provided counseling on academic preparation to apply to and to graduate from health professions schools, to increase the much needed Latinos in the health professions.

Other Major Budget Changes:

Reform Health Care ($903 billion) – Overall, the budget would reduce projected health spending by about $1.9 trillion, while reducing health-related revenue (mainly from the ACA’s taxes and mandates) by $1 trillion, for net savings of $903 billion. The budget assumes $250 billion of net savings from repealing and replacing the ACA, offering support for the broad framework (but not the precise specifics) of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The budget calls for an additional $610 billion in Medicaid reductions on top of any coming from “repeal and replace.” These savings would come from converting the program into a block grant or per capita cap starting in 2020, which is almost identical to the Medicaid changes already included in the AHCA. Finally, the budget would save about $55 billion from enacting medical malpractice reform to reduce health costs.

Restructure Safety Net Programs ($272 billion) – The President’s proposes a number of reductions and reforms to safety net programs. Most significant, the budget would reduce the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or “food stamps”) by $193 billion by limiting eligibility, changing benefit calculations, charging a fee to SNAP-authorized retailers, and requiring states to eventually match one-quarter of all SNAP costs. It would also reduce Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) grants by 10 percent and eliminate Social Services Block Grants, saving a combined $38 billion. The budget also saves $40 billion by requiring taxpayers to provide a Social Security Number in order to receive the Child Tax Credit and/or Earned Income Tax Credit.

Spending decreases are largely driven by cuts to discretionary programs, Medicaid, welfare-related programs, the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program, student loans, HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, STIs and TB prevention, other CDC prevention and public health preparedness and response programs, community mental health block grant program, unaccompanied children detention centers, and the refugee program, and other mandatory programs.

Please call the U.S. Capitol operator during business hours at 202-224-3121. They will connect you directly to your Senator or Congressional Representative. (Click here to find your Senator and Click here to find your Representative) When you’re done, we encourage you to fill out this form to tell us who you called. We will be following up with an update on what Congress decides to do. 

 

 

 
January 27, 2017
 
Dear Colleagues:
 
Congress is now reviewing bills that are coming forth from the Senate and House committee, and they are reviewing possible replacements for the Affordable Care Act. It is imperative that they consider a replacement that allows for affordable health care insurance and access to quality and preventative care.
 
Prior to the ACA, providers were not encouraged to coordinate their patients' care or communicate with their patients's other providers about their care. Benefits such a rewarding or encouraging providers to coordinate care are especially important to our communities who have people who see multiple providers.
 
We urge you to call your Senator and congressional Representative and tell them that there needs to be a meaningful replacement to the Affordable Care Act, so that our communities can still have affordable health care insurance, quality and preventative care.
 
Please call the U.S. Capitol operator during business hours at 202-224-3121. They will connect you directly to your Senator or Congressional Representative. (Click here to find your Senator and Click here to find your Representative) When you’re done, we encourage you to fill out this form to tell us who you called. We will be following up with an update on what Congress decides to do. 
 

 

 
 
CALL TO ACTION!
 
January 27, 2017
 

 

 

We urge you to call your Senator and congressional Representative to protect the people who signed up under DACA and to give them the opportunity to make their American Dream a reality.

 

The Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy (BRIDGE) Act is a piece of bi-partisan legislation that would provide legal status to DACA recipients and others who are not but would have otherwise been eligible, for three years until Congress provides a more permanent solution.

 

Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC), who re-introduced the bill on the Senate side says "These young people have much to offer the country and we stand to benefit from the many contributions they will make to America." Congressman Luis Gutierrez(D-IL), who introduced the bill on the house side says "We need to do whatever we can to protect the DACA recipients who are already working on-the-books and not move backward to strip them of legal status." 

 

Please call the U.S. Capitol operator during business hours at 202-224-3121. They will connect you directly to your Senator or Congressional Representative. (Click here to find your Senator and Click here to find your Representative) When you’re done, we encourage you to fill out this form to tell us who you called. We will be following up with an update on what Congress decides to do. 
 

 

 

National Democratic Committee Platform Committee- Testimony on Health Disparities Click here

 

NHLA Letter Urges Opposition to Repeal without Replace & to Defunding Planned Parenthood Click here

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