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Dr. Leana S. Wen: Five Issues for the White House Opioid Commission to Address

Yesterday, the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis issued its draft interim report on fighting the national opioid crisis. I support the draft recommendations included in the Commission’s report, especially the call for declaring a national state of emergency. Imagine if there were hundreds of people dying from a disease such as Ebola or a natural disaster every day—there would be no question about the necessity of such a declaration. I am also heartened to see that the recommendations follow the best available evidence, including support for medication-assisted treatment, which has been scientifically shown to be effective in treating opioid addiction. This is similar to the use of insulin for treating diabetes, and reinforces what we know in medicine to be true; addiction is a disease, treatment exists, and recovery is possible. In completing this report, I urge that the Commission focuses on the following five issues: ... Continue reading
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Jamie Fontaine: Fear 2.0

Trump’s Twitter announcement Wednesday that the U.S. will no longer “accept or allow” transgender people to serve in our military may well be his most blatant and outrageous attack on the LGBT community yet. Along with many peers in the political and LGBT communities, my immediate response to Trump’s win was to question what impact his presidency could have on my marriage, my children – my civil rights. Perhaps naively, I surmised the answer was likely very little. Of course, the LGBT community was not alone on November 9th in our forced calculation of the consequences of a Trump presidency on our lives and our families. We stood alongside a dizzying number of minority, ethnic and faith-based organizations and individuals in a surreal resurgence of collective fear – something that’s always been with members of the LGBT community to varying degrees, but in my adulthood, never so close to the surface.... Continue reading
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Dr. Leana Wen: Baltimore City Health Commissioner Condemns New Senate Healthcare Proposal

A Senate bill revealed today – the so-called the Better Care Reconciliation Act – is even worse than the initial proposal and will result in loss of healthcare for millions of Americans.This plan maintains deep, devastating, and dangerous cuts to Medicaid. Millions of children, mothers, older adults, people with disabilities, and hard-working families will lose their health coverage. In Maryland, 1.3 million children, adults, and seniors rely on Medicaid for critical health services such as treatment for asthma and infectious diseases, prenatal care, glasses, hearing aids, prescription medications, nursing home care and much more. Gutting Medicaid would force families to choose between basic needs—such as paying for food and rent—and life-saving care. In addition, this bill allows bare-bones insurance plans that do not cover essential health benefits. Essential health benefits are called essential for a reason. They include coverage for ER visits, hospitalizations, mental health, and preventive care. Allowing insurance companies... Continue reading
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National Brain Tumor Society: 2nd Annual Baltimore Brain Tumor Walk

Kelsey sat in the doctor’s office with her family looking at an MRI that showed a visible white mass. Her doctor confirmed the diagnosis and said the four words she feared most: it’s a brain tumor. Overcome with anxiety and confusion, she asked the doctor about her options and what would happen next.  There are nearly 700,000 Americans who have faced this scenario and are living with a brain tumor. The diagnosis does not discriminate – it afflicts men, women, and children of all races and ethnicities. Yet there continues to be a lack of treatment options, causing the average survival rate for brain tumor patients to be 34.4%.  National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) is the largest nonprofit dedicated to the brain tumor community in the United States and is working to catalyze public interest and support for the brain tumor cause. The organization is asking individuals and groups,  both internal... Continue reading
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Dr. Leana Wen: Senate Health Care Proposal will Hurt the Health of Vulnerable Populations

Despite promises that the Senate would propose legislation that would support the health of all Americans, the bill released today would endanger the lives of the most vulnerable members of our community. In particular, this proposal contains four provisions that would be extremely harmful to health: First, the bill eliminates the Medicaid expansion and places a cap on the amount states can pay on Medicaid per person, which means that millions of children, mothers, older adults, people with disabilities, and hard-working families with low incomes could lose their health coverage. In Maryland, 1.3 million children, adults, and seniors rely on Medicaid for critical health services such as treatment for asthma and infectious diseases, prenatal care, glasses, hearing aids, prescription medications, and more. This will take us back to a time when people had to choose between basic needs, such as paying for food or rent, and their medical care. Second, the... Continue reading
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