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Kansas Medicaid Expansion
|Sent to the Kansas State Legislators February,
My name is Sharon Lee. I am a family
doctor in Kansas City, Kansas. But, I grew up in Wichita and spent holidays at my Aunt’s in Haysville, went with a boy
from Park City, and spent summers in Ulysses and Pittsburg. I have family roots in Oskaloosa, McClouth, and Cottonwood Falls
and have helped my cousin at the ranch outside of Manhatten during spring round-up. I have worked in a number of Kansas Hospitals
during training- Atchison, Wamego, Lawrence, St.Francis, Stormont Vail, St.Joseph. I am a Kansan to my core and I know how
important the community hospitals are to these towns and to our fellow Kansans.
A 2016 report
found that 31 of the State’s 107 rural hospitals share characteristics of the hospitals that have closed in the past
few years. Example- Independence Mercy Hospital that closed in October, 2015. That is close to double the 17 risky hospitals
in the 2015 report.
Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/news/business/health-care/article58026428.html#storylink=cpy
Please, so many of our hospitals have lost income as the government has shifted payments from Critical Access Hospitals and their Disproportionate Share funding to more adequately cover individuals
with expanded Medicaid. Financial experts have estimated that Kansas Has forfeited more than a billion dollars in federal
funds by declining to expand Medicaid. More importantly more than 100,000 Kansans are without health insurance and hospitals
have closed or are edging toward closure. The significance of these shortfalls include uncounted morbidity and deaths of our
You have an opportunity to expand KanCare to improve the health of 150,000 Kansans,
create jobs and protect our hospitals and rural communities.
Please, do this. Vote for Medicaid expansion.
Sharon Lee, MD
Affordable Care Act
The updated Affordable Care Act –
the new Trump “Care” will make it harder for millions to afford health insurance. Experts have estimated more
than 15 million people will lose their current coverage and others will have weakened protections and much higher costs. Trump
“Care” reduces even further the funding for Medicaid which will ensure patients who need it most will have even
less access to lifesaving coverage. This bill reduces Public Health Coverage and Prevention Funding. It will hurt seniors
and people who have chronic illness the most.
a doctor providing health care for the poor for thirty years, I am very worried the bill falls far short of providing affordable
coverage for many who now receive health services. The bill actually helps giant pharmaceutical companies over millions of
middle and low income people. It is not hyperbole that the cost of this bill will be borne by those with greatest needs. Many
with diabetes, cancer or other serious illnesses cannot afford to have their care disrupted and will have serious decline
in their health or even die without access to services. Please contact your representatives and senators- ask them to help
Sharon Lee MD
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Click here for a Channel 4 interview with Dr. Lee about Trump "Care"
AMA Supports ACA
horror movie could be made of a person awakening to find their body transformed to the opposite sex. As a physician, I understand
our gender is most strongly held in our brain. There are people who have the misfortune to have a birth defect in that part
of their brain resulting in switching their gender identity from that of their external genitalia. When children have birth
defects such as a cleft lip or club foot we don’t think it odd to have those surgically repaired, to become normal.
But, a transgendered child or adult is erroneously considered by many to have made a “choice”. People who would
never dream of laughing at a person with a scarred face, a missing leg or other severe defect see a transgender person as
fair target for social ostracism (or worse). There is no connection between gender dysphoria and pedophila or abuse of children.
Many trans-people live among us, working, shopping, attending school; without attracting notice. Most transgendered individuals
want nothing more than acceptance and to be allowed to live their lives in peace, as the gender fitting their brain. Those
who don’t suffer from this biologic solecism should be grateful
Zika is not Ebola. It is worse for us. Ebola was mostly
far away, Zika is coming. It is certain. The number of US cases increases every week, carried by infected people. When Mosquito
season hits this season- thousands of Americans will become infected by mosquito bites, especially in the Southern states.
There is no cure, there is no vaccine. The virus does not kill in the way Ebola kills. Zika causes severe birth defects. It
kills the hopes and dreams of mothers and fathers by causing untreatable microcephaly (very small brain).
In February 2016, President Obama asked Congress to approve emergency funds to help control
the mosquitoes that spread the virus and support vaccine research. The funding is opposed by members of Congress from our
State. By July and into the next year, we will see the terrible results of this inaction. As a physician, I ask you to
urge our members of Congress to act now to approve the Zika funding. It is time to put the lives of patients and unborn children
over politics to provide this important emergency money to help control the spread of Zika.
ACP, other health associations laud court decision that allows physicians to discuss gun safety with patients
February 20, 2017
Multiple medical groups are commending a recent federal appeals court ruling
that overturned a Florida state law that prohibited doctors from talking to their patients about reducing injuries and deaths
to the AAP, had the law, known as the Firearms Owners Privacy Act, stayed in effect, physicians who asked patients routine
questions and had discussions about firearm safety could be subject to penalties akin to those experienced under “egregious
professional misconduct,” such as sanctions and loss of license.
The Florida chapters of the AAP, the AAFP and the ACP, and a group of six
individual physicians challenged the 2011 law, arguing it violated free speech. Although a U.S. district court judge agreed
with these parties, the state of Florida appealed the decision.
The AAP signed an amicus brief supporting the district court ruling to enjoin the law in
November 2012, along with the AMA, the AAFP, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Academy of Child
and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, the American College
of Preventive Medicine, and the American Psychiatric Association.
delighted that the constitution has been defended, particularly when it comes to the First Amendment," Fernando
Stein, MD, FAAP, president of AAP, said in a press release. “Pediatricians routinely counsel families about
firearm safety just as they offer guidance on seat belt use, helmets and parental tobacco use to reduce the risk of injury
to children where they live and play. These are all topics that families should feel very comfortable talking about with their
a statement, the AMA said it was also relieved physicians will be able to speak freely without fear of repercussion.
“This case has always been about the
First Amendment right to free speech, not the Second Amendment right to own and possess firearms. The court found no evidence
that any doctor has infringed on patients’ Second Amendment rights,” the AMA wrote in a statement. “Counseling
patients we care for makes a difference in preventing gun-related injuries and deaths. The political interests of state lawmakers
do not justify infringing on the patient-physician relationship and stifling relevant medical discussions that are entitled
to First Amendment protection.”
ACP, which stated that it has been recommending physicians ask their patients about gun ownership during normal screenings
for some time, was also grateful that doctors can continue to have open, unrestricted dialogue about gun safety with their
is a huge victory for patient safety, and for physicians’ First Amendment rights” said Nitin Damle, MD,
MS, MACP, president, ACP, said in a press release. “It clearly establishes that physicians have the right under
the Constitution to freely discuss with their patients ways to prevent injuries and deaths, including those associated with
having unsecured firearms in their home.”
The AAP stated that the conversations being threatened would save lives rather than harm
them, as parents who discuss gun locks and safety with their doctors are more likely to use them.
The ACP echoed that sentiment, citing data
from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence that indicated unintentional firearm injuries caused the deaths of 606 people
in 2010 and that almost 3,800 people in the U.S. died from unintentional shootings from 2005 to 2010. The ACP had also issued
a call to action in 2015 regarding policy reform on gun laws to help
aid in the reduction of firearm-related injuries and deaths. – by Janel Miller
Disclosure: Stein is president of AAP, Damle is president of ACP.