One of President Donald Trump’s primary campaign pledges was the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act. Although the approach of repealing the legislation is clear, questions have been raised about whether President Trump would be able to locate a better alternative. Any big reforms that are expected to be placed in motion were highlighted by the government. Although many of these developments pose a risk of reducing the number of persons covered, some things are optimistic. The plan would not adjust ACA’s insurance laws. This suggests that there will also be access to coverage for patients with preexisting conditions. The new bill also intends to increase federal funding for state high-risk pools (The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 2017). If implemented, this is likely to draw more private insurers into the industry.
Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Bill of 2017
The process of transporting, storing and handling of controlled substances is subject to the Controlled Substances Act. The act spells strict regulations that often limit the availability and use of these substances as emergency medications. Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Bill of 2017 will give paramedics and other emergency medical service professions the discretion of administering these substances with only one DEA registration (Library of Congress, 2017). This will enable them to effectively utilize anti-seizure and pain narcotics when authorized by the state law. The requirement for these practitioners to have separate registrations. This complicates the process of certification. The existing law seems to promote duplication of duties at the federal and state levels. If this bill is passed, an EMS location will be required to satisfy certain requirements after which it will be issued with a single DEA certificate.
Library of Congress. (2017). H.R. 304: Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act of 2017. Retrieved from https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr304/summary#libraryofcongress
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. (2017). Web Briefing for Journalists: Repealing and Replacing Obamacare. Retrieved from http://www.kff.org/health-reform/event/web-briefing-for-journalists-repealing-and-replacing-obamacare/