healthcare bill

9 petitions

Started 2 months ago

Petition to Kansas State House, Kansas State Senate, Pat Roberts, Kansas Governor, Sam Brownback, Jerry Moran, Lynn Jenkins, Laura Kelly, J. Russell Jennings

Increasing penalties for assault and battery on Healthcare providers in Kansas: HB 2313 Sign the petition today for resubmission of Kansas House Bill 2313 increasing penalties for assault and battery against a healthcare provider. According to OSHA 75% of workplace violence occurs in the healthcare setting, leaving healthcare providers 4 times more likely to experience a severe act of violence and these statistics are not even accounting for the estimated 50% of failure to report. Although initiatives are being taken to increase education and reporting of assaults on healthcare workers it simply is not enough!  We should not have to live in fear of being threatened, kicked, spit on, hit, scratched, or injured by patients everyday. With the cut in Kansas mental health funding, the emergency departments are seeing these behavioral patients persistently resulting in a steady rise in violent acts against healthcare providers. Now is the time to act! “Being a victim of assault is not acceptable, and it is not within your job description.”-Sheila Wilson, RN, BSN, MPH/co-founder Stop Healthcare Violence   Two thirds of the United States have implemented laws making aggressive acts of violence against healthcare workers punishable as a felony, with Kansas only including a bill for Mental Heath workers employed by state facilities. Kansas House Bill 2313 was introduced 02/18/2015 to amend current Kansas laws by increasing penalties for assault and battery to a healthcare providers, however the bill died in the committee due to lack of progression. It is up to us to change this! Kansas healthcare providers included in this bill embrace all aspects of care including doctors, practitioners, nurses, nurse aides, social workers, fire, EMS, and students working towards the healthcare profession and anyone else providing medical care in a licensed facility. These professions dedicate their time and energy to saving lives everyday, being assaulted is NOT in the job description. Let’s help the Healthcare providers of Kansas alleviate their fears and support their right to practice in a safe workplace. Please sign this petition for reconsideration of Kansas HB 2313! Thank you for your time and consideration, Tiffany L Brown, Registered Nurse Emergency Department  

Tiffany Brown
253 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Congressman Matt Cartwright, Senator Bob Casey, Pat Toomey, Lou Barletta

It is Time for a National Healthcare Task Force

Subject line: We must fix the health care systemI’m writing to respectfully request your help to make sure every American citizen is guaranteed arealistic and essential-based health care plan. I’m asking that you work with your fellow members ofCongress to refocus the national discussion on improving health care for all Americans. And I’masking that you seriously consider the proposal and information stated in this request. To considerrepealing the ACA without a Humane and Adequate replacement is irresponsible and demonstratesa total lack of compassion toward the people who placed their trust in you.So I ask you, how is it possible that in the United States we are currently paying twice as much forhealth care as any other industrialized nation in the world? Australia, Canada, France, Germany, NewZealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom all provide universal health care forall their citizens and pay far less than we do. To rightfully continue calling ourselves the greatestnation on earth – which I truly believe we are – we cannot ignore the fact that in America millions ofpeople do not have health care and we’re paying double what other industrialized nations pay.Health care costs are obviously out of control and there are no safety valves to eliminate the doubledigit yearly increases. Until we have an honest, frank and factual discussion about pricing, profits andour moral obligation, there will be no responsible and long-lasting solution to our problem.Furthermore, entirely absent from this discussion is the Moral Element. Health care is not like buyinga television, car or cell phone. If a consumer wants the latest iPhone but can’t afford it, there areother options. Many times if a consumer can’t afford the recommended treatment a doctorprescribes, they suffer and die. Health care cannot be viewed in a vacuum along with normalconsumer goods. Health care is about life and death, that is a fact.Doing nothing will only make things worse, and rushing into a quick fix will also prove fatal. Expertshave indicated that one of the best ways to approach this problem is to freeze the cost of our healthcare system for one year, fully fund the exchanges to continue covering those that are presently inthe system, and most importantly, establish a task force consisting of experts within every aspect ofthe health care industry. Their charge would be to come together and openly and honestly evaluateour health care system and determine what’s needed to fix the system. This process must be fullytransparent and provide daily/weekly reports to the American people. This health care task forcemust achieve this goal in one year or less.I would also request a serious discussion about a national health care model similar to the otherindustrialized nations. A system where every working adult pays into a pool, much like social security,and is then guaranteed coverage. The success and failure of any insurance program is predicated ondeveloping a large enough pool of participants to sustain the costs of care. This system wouldundoubtedly reduce the cost and ensure coverage for all Americans because every working Americanwill pay their share. Everyone in America should have a reasonable, practical and appropriate healthcare plan, plain and simple. If all the other industrialized nations in the world can do it, why can’t we?Furthermore, American Citizens are required to have home owners insurance and car insurance toprotect themselves and others from tragedy and financial ruin. Why is health insurance, a protectionthat directly addresses quality of life and death, any less or any different than the other protectionsprovided by required insurance? It is guaranteed that throughout our lives, all of us will need health care at one point. That’s why it’s imperative that our elected officials seriously work together and becompletely transparent and honest in order to solve this problem for the future.To be clear, our current health care system, because of price gouging, is not affordable for themajority of Americans. It is totally unsustainable because there are no adequate pricing safety valvesand millions of Americans don’t even have health insurance. Therefore, it is imperative to require “allhands on deck” in order to get this done. We must improve upon the system that we have in placetoday, and provide universal coverage like all other industrialized nations.I appreciate you taking the time to consider my concerns and hope that as a nation, we can cometogether to find a better way to take care of all our American citizens. We cannot allow Party toprevent our success as a nation. This is about life and death; could there be anything else moreimportant? Please make it happen.

Joe Van Wie
213 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Rick Scott, Florida State Senate, Florida State House, Donald Trump, John Cortes, Gary Farmer

Stop Florida's Free Kill Law

The Florida Wrongful Death Act (Florida Statutes 768.16-768.26) otherwise known as "Florida's Free Kill Law". This law protects doctors from being responsible for their malpractice.  Basically the law states, if you are not a spouse or a child under the age of 25, you can not file a medical malpractice claim of a loved one's death.  This affects your parents, brother's, sister's, and children. Over half of the State of Florida is affected by this law. Almost every college student, elderly etc. Anyone unwed/childless(or with children over the age of 25) is affected. What level of care are Floridians receiving? The doctor's know they can sweep your loved ones death under the rug, without consequence.  My Fathers case (in brief): My dad went into the hospital following a fall and had a fractured bone. He had surgery to place screws into the fracture. That surgery went well. During his physical therapy, he would become dizzy. The hospital determined he needed a triple bypass. He waited for almost a week for the surgery. his surgery was bumped for emergency cases. On the day of his surgery...I was never notified (the hospital had my number and knew I would come straight there because I visited everyday). When I arrived at the hospital, I was told the doctor had failed to see my dad was put on blood thinners and had slight bleeding. Come to find out in his records, he had massive interoperative bleeding requiring 15 units of blood that day. He survived that mistake. No one in the hospital would talk to me. I struggled to find anyone who would answer questions. After days, I sat at the hospital and refused to leave until I spoke with my dads surgeon(who would never speak to me). He had very little to say. Claiming my dad had basically a quadruple bypass which his surgical needs outweighed the blood thinner issue. Hmmmm....if he was such an emergency case why bump his surgery days prior for emergency cases?  (per autopsy...the doctor only did a double and closed him up but billed for a triple). After the breathing tube was removed my dad could no longer swallow. My dad and myself plead for some sort of iv nutrition as he was starving. The hospital told my dad he needed to make an effort to eat, and they put him on an appetite stimulant. They denied us TPN which is IV nutrition. But he coughed and vomited up every time he tried to drink or eat. 10 days went by. No one would listen. His mouth was so dry that he had dry skin built up so bad it looked like scales. Finally a nurse heard our pleas (it is documented in his records) and she had a swallow test ordered. He failed the test and they finally admitted he could not swallow and was aspirating everything. They were literally starving him to death. We thought our prayers were answered when they agreed to place a feeding tube as my dad was starving (can you imagine having massive bleeding and being denied nutrition to heal)? Abuse. Unfortunately, when they placed the feeding tube...they punctured my dads bowel (lied about it..but it is documented in his records). He went septic and bled to death days later in front of me. I called for help. It took someone over an hour to come clean him. I had to grab towels to stack at the edge of the bed to keep the blood from pouring all over the floor. I have photos, video, detailed logs of who I spoke with in the hospital etc. I watched my dad bleed to death from his rectum and stomach where the feeding tube was (btw, the feeding tube never my dad went without nutrition from Nov 10th to the day he died on Dec 7th). The hospital also performed surgeries I was never told about or documented, performed CPR which I was never told and is not documented (per his autopsy). The cover up in this case is ridiculous. The hospital denied me an autopsy but one was performed for FREE for me by the medical examiner because the hospital failed to report my dads death which they found strange. My dads death was ruled "ACCIDENTAL". He is also listed as a John Doe even though they had all the info. His body was taken by a "funeral director" for cremation....yet he would ignore my calls and emails. I had to get Tallahassee involved to find my dad's body. It took me almost two months to get him back for burial. He was delivered in a plywood box nailed shut, not cremated. I had asked prior if I could view his body to make sure it was him since he was missing. I was denied. A Military Honors funeral in a plywood box. Unreal. My dad was a Sergeant in Vietnam. AHCA investigated Florida Hospital Waterman and they were found in several violations. Yet, this does nothing to hold the people at fault responsible. My dad's death was not accidental.....he was killed by gross negligence and corporate cover ups.  Despite all the physical proof that I have, I can not hold the hospital responsible.  Every lawyer tells me I have a case..but due to this clause, they can not help me. The doctors/hospital got away with murder. They tried to cover it up. They need to be held responsible.  How do these doctors live with themselves?  Has this become so normal in their everyday care of patients....that it doesn't even phase them? How many more families have to suffer? How many more nightmares do I need to endure? How many families are experiencing this same thing?  Let's try and make a change. I will not stop. I made that promise to my father as he took his last breath. We need to protect our family members. Florida is the only state with the type of statute. It is unconstitutional. Doctor's must be held accountable for their actions and especially, cover ups. Ways you can help: 1)Sign my petition 2) Go to: and ask for support of the new bill House Representative John Cortes is sponsoring to end this statute. This is a form email that will automatically ask for support to every House Representative and Senator in the United States. We must get this bill passed in order to protect our loved ones. Thank You  

Debbie McGraw Sowden
13,030 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to American Health Association, U.S. Senate, United States Department of Health and Human Services

Justice in American Healthcare

Currently, our healthcare system is faulty and unjust, largely because of: 1) Unregulated healthcare prices 2) Defunding of Planned parenthood 3) Major healthcare disparities resulting from socioeconomic inequalities In order to create a more just healthcare system in the United States and improve equality and access of care, we propose the following changes: 1) Increase governmental regulation of healthcare prices In the United States’ patients pay drug prices that are up to six times those of patients from other developed countries with similar personal incomes. A simple knee replacement can range from 3,400 to 55,800 US dollars, with prices on the lower end sufficient to cover hospital costs. Insulin, necessary for the survival of diabetics, tripled in price from 2002-2013 due to secretive negotiations between drug makers, pharmacy managers, and insurance companies. Athcar gel increased from 1.6 thousand US dollars to 34 thousand dollars once it was obtained by Questcor. The drug costed Medicare 1.3 billion dollars. The uninsured patients are hit especially hard by these unreasonable prices. Hospitals are manipulating their chargemasters to increase revenue from uninsured patients. As a result of these dramatic increases in drug prices, many Americans cannot pay for their medications and are forced to forgo them. To address this issue, we suggest tighter government control. Cost-effectiveness analysis is a great option for the government, in that it relates costs to health benefit to facilitate negotiation with pharmaceutical companies. State governments should limit the amount that hospitals could collect from low-income, uncovered patients to prevent manipulation.  In addition, there should be more transparency in healthcare costs: patients should be aware of charge-to-cost ratios. 2) Eliminate disparities among reproduction distributors, allowing people to CHOOSE when they reproduce For decades now, court cases such as Burrell vs. Hobby Lobby Stores, Grisworld vs. Connecticut, Eisenstadt vs. Baird, & most prominent, Roe vs. Wade, have been regulating the government to ensure that women have reproductive rights. Reported by the New England Journal of Medicine, many businesses are removing healthcare contraceptive coverage from their employees’ plans due to differences in religious beliefs. Furthermore, in our Congress, there has been a constant threat about Planned Parenthood being defunded. Planned Parenthood is the single largest provider of contraceptive services for women living at or above the poverty level. Populations will skyrocket and consequently have less economic opportunity if we do not cover these lower classes.   3) Regulate the way the American insurance system is evolving by keeping health care more accessible and affordable for lower-classes. Recently, the government has proposed tax cuts totalling to $1.5 trillion, and has shut down community healthcare centers that aided 26.5 million patients, costing only about $7 billion to fund. Cutting healthcare spending is an assault on the sick, old, and low-income. Economic inequality is linked to many health disparities, regarding access and application of healthcare. Poor health and poverty are often directly related. High levels of inequality, the epidemiological research shows, negatively affect the health of even the wealthy. From a life expectancy standpoint, people who live in poorer societies live shorter lives, because of socioeconomic inequality. The government is currently attempting to accomplish a three-part health care agenda that cuts money going toward health care for lower-income people, such as the elderly and kids, using that money to cut taxes for people in the upper-income brackets. The American insurance system is evolving into making health care financially unpleasant, often to the point where patients sacrifice necessary care, because they simply cannot afford it. The government should work to improve environmental and social conditions so that regional and ethnic disparities do not exist in healthcare delivery.  

Saffy Bashey
100 supporters