The woman behind the Democratic party’s twin threat: Rosie Castro | Latina Lista

Rosie Castro helped shape a new political era for the struggling Chicano movement in the 70s. Her work with La Raza Unida has put her in the spotlight. From getting young democrats involved, to registering voters and operating campaigns, Rosie has been a pioneer in the movement and continues to do so.

“There were things happening, in terms of Latinos – or things not happening – that really had me worried. There was a great deal of discrimination at the time.” Rosie told La Prensa. “I really got involved in Politics when I was at Our Lady of the Lake, and I haven’t stopped since then.”

via The woman behind the Democratic party’s twin threat: Rosie Castro | Latina Lista.

No Time To See The Doctor? Try A Virtual Visit – Capsules – The KHN Blog

Ingrid Antall, a family practice doctor in Thousand Oaks, Calif., who is already part of LiveHealth’s network, said she can often assess what is wrong with patients with colds and minor infections by talking to them and seeing them over the phone or computer.

Antall said she relies heavily on patients’ explanation of their symptoms and guides them through a self-exam, sometimes using flashlights or cell phone lights. “It causes me to be a little more creative,” she said.

She acknowledged that the visits have limitations. “If they really need to be seen in person, I have no hesitation in sending them,” she said.

via No Time To See The Doctor? Try A Virtual Visit – Capsules – The KHN Blog.

Preserving Welfare for Needs Not Weed Act (H.R. 4137) – GovTrack.us

GOP and House of Representatives still think it is a good thing to be against “weed.” LOL

To prohibit assistance provided under the program of block grants to States for temporary assistance for needy families from being accessed through the use of an electronic benefit transfer card at any store that offers marijuana for sale.

via Preserving Welfare for Needs Not Weed Act (H.R. 4137) – GovTrack.us.

IRIN Africa | Turning away the Ebola dying | Guinea | Liberia | Sierra Leone | Aid Policy | Governance | Health & Nutrition | Human Rights

Pierre Trbovic, an anthropologist from Belgium working with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) at the ELWA Ebola Treatment Centre, one of two in the capital, Monrovia, was forced to turn patients away: He had no choice – the centre was full and could not safely admit more patients.

“The first person I had to turn away was a father who had brought in his sick daughter in the trunk of his car. He was an educated man, and he pleaded [with] me to take her, saying while he knew we couldn’t save her life, we could save the rest of his family from her. At that point I had to go behind one of the tents to cry,” says Trbovic in a written testimony.

Other families pulled up in cars, let the sick out and drove off, abandoning them. One mother tried to leave her baby on a chair hoping that doctors would have no choice but to care for the child.

In streamed the patients, “but there was nothing we could do. We couldn’t send them anywhere else – everywhere was, and still is, full.”

Health workers are already completely overwhelmed by the brutal job of providing palliative care for Ebola sufferers: Each morning dead bodies must be body-bagged, and blood, faeces and vomit cleaned from the ward – and if they take on more patients, they risk lowering their safety guard which could prove fatal.

via IRIN Africa | Turning away the Ebola dying | Guinea | Liberia | Sierra Leone | Aid Policy | Governance | Health & Nutrition | Human Rights.

DoubleSpeak- They offer coverage… Rise Of Catholic Insurance Plans Raises Questions About Contraceptive Coverage – Kaiser Health News

It turns out that Catholic health plans have for years been arranging for outside firms to provide contraceptive coverage to their enrollees.

That’s because such coverage has long been required by state laws or sought by non-religious employers the religious health plans serve.

Now the federal health law requires most health insurance plans, including all new plans in the individual and small group markets, to provide contraceptive coverage at no out-of-pocket cost to women.

That divergence between the Catholic court claim that any link to contraceptive coverage is forbidden and the actions of Catholic insurance plans is likely to draw more attention as more large Catholic hospital systems add insurance plans to their portfolios.

via Rise Of Catholic Insurance Plans Raises Questions About Contraceptive Coverage – Kaiser Health News.