Certificate of Need Laws: Are They Just a CON?
Healthcare

Certificate of Need Laws: Are They Just a CON?

Certificate of Need (CON) laws were initially put into effect as part of the “Health Planning Resources Development Act” of 1974. The law incentivised states to create CON programs by offering additional funding or withholding Medicare and Medicaid funds from those states that decided not to participate. The act sought to restrain health care facility … Continue reading

Smoking and Binge-drinking: only one of those can kill you, think Millennials
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Smoking and Binge-drinking: only one of those can kill you, think Millennials

Kids these days — in particular 18-24 year-olds — are giving up cigarettes in favor of more refined ways of upsetting their parents. Although rates of young adult cigarette use have dropped significantly in recent years to just 10%, marijuana use has crept up to about 20% (p. 23). Meanwhile, e-cigarettes have exploded in popularity … Continue reading

Understanding Universal Basic Income
Economy / Labor Force / Social Insurance Programs / U.S. Domestic Policy

Understanding Universal Basic Income

Introduction In December 2018, Finland’s Social Insurance Institution, KELA, terminated their two-year Universal Basic Income (UBI) experiment that aimed to “increase employment and simplify the Social Security system” citing insignificant changes in the employment rate of participants. Despite this outcome, prominent U.S. figures–such as Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg– and the California Democratic Party still … Continue reading

Part 3: Combatting Maternal Mortality
Healthcare

Part 3: Combatting Maternal Mortality

Legislative Action: On June 19th, the New York State Senate passed S.8907. This legislative action was implemented in an attempt to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity. Looking at the disparities in maternal death, particularly within New York, this legislation aims to not only improve overall outcomes of maternal health but also increase their equity.   … Continue reading

Part 2: Combatting Maternal Mortality
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Part 2: Combatting Maternal Mortality

Physiological Factors:   According to a report from nine Maternal Mortality Review Committees (MMRCs), 60 percent of pregnancy-related deaths are preventable. The reason for these unnecessary deaths and the overall rise in maternal mortality cannot be definitively understood, specifically due to the overall lack of explicit and conclusive data. From a medical standpoint, common causes … Continue reading