The Impact of “Public Charge” on Immigrants and Healthcare
Healthcare / Immigration / Politics

The Impact of “Public Charge” on Immigrants and Healthcare

This piece was co-authored by Sara Kurtovic. On October 4, 2019 President Trump issued a presidential proclamation that altered the definition of a “public charge” according to United States immigration policies.[1]The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) first announced the rule August 14, 2019, and intended for it to become effective October 15, 2019.[2]However, the rule … Continue reading

The Impact of “Public Charge” on Immigrants and Healthcare
Healthcare / Immigration / Politics

The Impact of “Public Charge” on Immigrants and Healthcare

This piece was co-authored by Haley Hamblin. On October 4, 2019 President Trump issued a presidential proclamation that altered the definition of a “public charge” according to United States immigration policies.[1] The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) first announced the rule August 14, 2019, and intended for it to become effective October 15, 2019.[2] However, … Continue reading

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
Healthcare

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