Institutional Affiliation
Assignment 2 – Policy – SBAR – Action
Medicaid is one of the health programs that would impact veterans as a vulnerable population. Generally, the veteran’s health is crucial. They encounter horrifying events at war which puts their psychological well-being at risk. For instance, circumstances force them to kill their enemies or they watch other soldiers die, which is not an easy encounter for any human being. As a result, research shows that a large percent of veterans suffer from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), among other mental after coming from war. Besides, others lose their body organs which renders them disabled for the rest of their lives.  Veterans are also vulnerable to committing suicide and resolving to drug abuse (Olenick, Flowers & Diaz, 2015). Despite all the trauma that veterans undergo, the government does not adequately compensate them. This renders them incapable of attending to their health needs which may deteriorate with time if proper interventions are not put in place to address veterans’ health demands. Medicaid, being one of the largest programs that finance health insurance coverage for the poor people, its expansion can ensure that the health needs of the veterans are met.
Medicaid expansion is basic to veterans. By tolerating government financing to develop Medicaid, states can improve veterans’ access to social insurance. Not all veterans are qualified for medicinal services benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VA takes into account a veteran’s dynamic obligation status, state of release, and length of administration in deciding qualification for social insurance administrations. Furthermore, the VA utilizes a need enlistment framework to encourage the administration and conveyance of human services administrations (Frakt, Hanchate & Pizer, 2015). There are eight need bunches that decide a veteran’s qualification and need for utilizing social insurance administrations. Need status depends on a few components, for example, administration related handicaps, and salary level. Contingent upon the VA’s medicinal consideration spending plan, veterans in lower need gatherings may confront limitations on new enlistment or lose their qualification.
Almost 50% of the present uninsured veterans would get the inclusion they need with Medicaid Expansion. There are around 1.3 million uninsured veterans across the country. Almost 50% of the uninsured veteran populace reports family salary beneath 138% of the government neediness level and would get inclusion if states acknowledge bureaucratic subsidizing to grow Medicaid. Just 10% of these veterans seem qualified for Medicaid under current law (Frakt, Hanchate & Pizer, 2015). Also, veterans who live in rural areas regularly have no VA offices close them. Veterans qualified for VA social insurance benefits typically get those administrations at offices worked and staffed by the Veterans Health Administration. Closeness to VA offices may affect the probability of veterans looking for medicinal services. This is especially valid for those in provincial networks situated a long way from VA offices. On the off chance that these veterans had extra inclusion through Medicaid, they could get to neighborhood suppliers and get customary consideration.
Moreover, for certain veterans extending Medicaid naturally improves their remaining in the VA’s need framework. Veterans qualified for Medicaid advantages might be set in a higher need bunch in the VA’s need enlistment framework (Frakt, Hanchate & Pizer, 2015). In this way, if a state extends Medicaid, notwithstanding accepting Medicaid inclusion, numerous veterans will likewise naturally have improved access to medicinal services through the national VA framework.
Veterans experience sickening occasions at war which puts their mental health in danger. Research demonstrates that a vast percent of veterans create mental issues subsequent to originating from war. Moreover, others lose their body organs which renders them incapacitated for the remainder of their lives. Veterans are likewise helpless against ending it all and making plans to medicate misuse. In spite of all the injury that veterans experience, the legislature does not satisfactorily repay them (Tsai & Rosenheck, 2014). This renders them unequipped for taking care of their wellbeing needs which may fall apart with time if legitimate medications are not set up to address veterans’ wellbeing requests.
VA the country’s biggest coordinated wellbeing framework, is a solitary payer wellbeing framework, possessed, run, and financed by the government. As the country’s biggest coordinated wellbeing framework, the VHA gives thorough inpatient and outpatient administrations, including practically all medicinal claims to fame, in excess of 1,400 offices (Chokshi & Sommers, 2015). Be that as it may, not all veterans are qualified for medicinal services benefits through VA. Indeed, veterans in lower need gatherings may confront confinements on new enlistment or lose their qualification relying upon the VA’s restorative consideration spending plan.
The Medicaid development would be of assistance to veterans, particularly the individuals who are financially unstable. Uninsured veterans have a lopsided sum and multifaceted nature of medical problems. More than 40 percent of uninsured veterans report having neglected medicinal needs. About a third of uninsured veterans have somewhere around one perpetual well-being condition, while more than 15 percent have physical, mental, or enthusiastic medical issues (Tsai & Rosenheck, 2014). Expanding Medicaid would enable poor veterans to be eligible under the program and hence, would be able to easily access healthcare services.
The government and the States should increase its funding on Medicaid expansion so that many veterans who are socioeconomically deprived can access healthcare services which are crucial to their lives. If possible, all veterans should receive Medicaid health coverage. This would be one great way of honoring people who defend the country as it will ensure that their health is well taken care of.
May 1, 2019
Bernie Sanders
Senator for Vermont,
U.S. Senate
332 Dirksen Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Dear Mr. Sanders,
I am writing to request your support for Medicaid expansion and funding so that more veterans will be covered. Veterans are important people in the country as they defend us from our enemies. However, they are a vulnerable group whose health needs to be prioritized.
They experience horrific events at war which jeopardizes their mental health and renders many disabled. Despite this, the government does not compensate them adequately and this makes it difficult for them to access appropriate and quality care, even under VA. Given that many of the veterans are poor, they are not eligible for Medicaid. As such, expanding and providing more funds for Medicaid will enable more veterans to access healthcare
I believe that you have the power to effect change by pushing for the development and more funding for the Medicaid program. I strongly believe that you are concerned for the well-being of all the American citizens as visible in your former and public works. Additionally, I trust that you would not let the health needs’ of veterans who are significant figures in our nation be ignored.
Thank you for your consideration. I hope that will take this matter with much thought as it should. If you need additional information, I will be glad to help.
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Frakt, A. B., Hanchate, A., & Pizer, S. D. (2015, September). The effect of Medicaid expansions on demand for care from the Veterans Health Administration. In Healthcare (Vol. 3, No. 3, pp. 123-128). Elsevier.
Olenick, M., Flowers, M., & Diaz, V. J. (2015). US veterans and their unique issues: enhancing health care professional awareness. Advances in medical education and practice6, 635.
Tsai, J., & Rosenheck, R. (2014). Uninsured veterans who will need to obtain insurance coverage under the patient protection and affordable care act. American journal of public health104(3), e57-e62.