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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Steve Kearney: Among the Bushes

Like many reality shows, the rolling White House crisis seems to have no beginning or end.  It just is.  But it’s instructive to remember where the current, more intense series of episodes began. May 10, 2017.  There was yet another crisis to manage.  White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was furious at the Washington Post – outraged by its reporting on the aftermath of President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey. He demanded and received a clarification from the Post: “Spicer huddled with his staff among bushes near television sets on the White House grounds, not ‘in the bushes,’ as the story originally stated.” So now it was clear that he was among, not in, the bushes near the White House.  The rest of the story remained as originally reported. This silly correction illustrates two truths about crisis management: Credibility matters.  After months of dissembling about everything from crowd sizes... Continue reading
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Dr. Leana Wen: President Trump’s Proposed Federal Budget Harms the Health of Baltimoreans

The federal budget proposal released on Tuesday by President Trump cuts life-saving services and will harm the health and well-being of hundreds of thousands of Baltimoreans. It will particularly affect the following individuals:Seniors: One hundred thousand Baltimore City residents are over the age of 60, and 1 in 6 of these residents live below the poverty line. Cuts to Medicaid—which covers services that Medicare does not—could leave these seniors without prescription drugs, glasses, and hearing aids. The budget also makes cuts to essential programs like nursing home care and Meals on Wheels, which provides more than 187,000 meals to Baltimore older adults in their homes in each year.Children: Eighty thousand children in Baltimore depend on Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for medical care. By cutting Medicaid, removing the enhanced federal match rate for CHIP, and capping reimbursement for CHIP services, the proposed budget will limit the ability of... Continue reading
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Dr. Leana Wen: How the Republic House Bill to Replace the ACA Will Harm Millions of Americans

Yesterday, the House passed legislation to replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). This current bill worsens an already critically-flawed piece of legislation that was introduced in March and failed to pass. The bill will endanger millions of Americans, who will lose coverage for life-saving services. Millions more—including seniors—will no longer be able to pay for healthcare. The bill contains three key provisions that would result in dramatic consequences to health, in Maryland and across the country. First, the bill allows states to apply for waivers to remove the requirement that health plans cover essential health benefits. That means insurers are no longer required to cover basic maternity care, forcing pregnant women to pay tens of thousands of dollars out of pocket or forgo prenatal care. Studies have shown that women do not receive prenatal care are five times more likely to have infants who die than women who... Continue reading
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