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Dr. Don Garcia discusses the impact of COVID-19 on the Latino community

Emily Boerger | Feb 15, 2021 | California

Dr. Don Garcia is the Medical Director at Clínica Monseñor Oscar Romero, a Federally Qualified Health Center that operates two clinics in Los Angeles and primarily serves Latino and immigrant populations. In this Q&A, Garcia discusses the health disparities faced by the Latino community during the COVID-19 pandemic, inequities in...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Freshman Rep. Rosemary Lesser talks this year's legislative session

| Feb 9, 2021 | Utah

Representative Rosemary Lesser, a veteran and an obstetrician-gynecologist, is a newcomer to the Utah Legislature this year. She was appointed to her seat less than a month ago by the state’s Democratic delegates after a short-notice series of events prompted her to offer her name for consideration to replace the...[ Read More ]

COVID-19 and the broken safety net of social inclusion for long-term care residents – a “double pandemic.”

Michael Goldberg | Feb 8, 2021 | Washington

Advocates for long-term care residents warn that many are feeling the weight of overlapping pandemics – both of which disproportionately impact seniors. Cathy MacCaul is the AARP Washington State Advocacy Director. AARP Washington State has been vocal this week in support of HB 1218 – a bill sponsored by Rep. Jessica Bateman...[ Read More ]

Q&A with Karen Kimsey, Virginia's Medicaid Director

DJ Wilson | Feb 8, 2021 | Virginia

Karen Kimsey is the Director of the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS). She's been at DMAS for more than 15 years during two stints. She was promoted to director in September, 2019. Recently, Kimsey experienced a health issue that brought her in to direct contact with the health...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Del. Joseline Peña-Melnyk advocates to reduce health care inequities through legislation

| Feb 5, 2021 | Maryland

As a child, Del. Joseline Peña-Melnyk emigrated to New York from the Dominican Republic. In her home country, she lived in a three-bedroom house with as many as 17 extended family members. Now, Peña-Melnyk advocates for equity through her platform as the delegate for Prince George's and Anne Arundel counties...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Rep. Roberts and the fight for a Colorado public option

| Feb 4, 2021 | Colorado

After seeing firsthand the high cost of health care in his state, Rep. Dylan Roberts has been leading the Colorado Legislature’s efforts to establish a state-wide public health insurance option for the past couple of years. Along with Sen. Kerry Donovan, Roberts introduced a public option bill last year that...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Rep. Julie Johnson discusses telehealth, bipartisanship and Planned Parenthood's loss of Medicaid support

| Feb 1, 2021 | Texas

A lawyer, a member of the Texas House of Representatives since 2018, and a speaker at State of Reform's upcoming Texas Virtual Health Policy Conference, Representative Julie Johnson believes health care access is the “number one issue” facing the U.S. today. She represents House District 115 in Dallas County, which...[ Read More ]

Q&A: TCI's Ashley Kenneth says commonwealth needs to expand health care to improve equity

Shawna De La Rosa | Jan 26, 2021 | Virginia

While the lack of health care equity has long plagued the commonwealth, the coronavirus pandemic highlights the issue in sharp detail. People of color have been hardest hit, said Ashley C. Kenneth, senior vice president for Policy and Legislative Affairs for The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis (TCI). The nonprofit...[ Read More ]

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