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Specially trained community paramedics are now working towards filling the gap for some patients with mental health issues by providing them with services to prevent these patients from visiting the emergency room. After an initial assessment, community paramedics talk to the patient in order to find out the problem, and also discuss the patient’s mental health history and their insurance status, according Kaiser Health News. The paramedics then figure out whether to take the patient to the hospital, a psychiatric facility, or if they need outpatient care.
Many family caregivers are spending their life savings and the money set aside for their retirement to care for loved ones who have serious illnesses, such as Alzheimer’s disease. More than 75% of family caregivers spend an average of $7000 out-of-pocket annually, which accounts for one-fifth of the caregiver’s incomes, Kaiser Health News reported. The caregivers with lower incomes had an increased burden, and some had to take out loans to provide proper care for their loved ones.
Present-elect Donald Trump may not be repealing all of the Affordable Care Act after all. He has recently said that he plans to keep provisions that prevent insurers from not providing coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions, and the other that allows children to remain insured under their parents until the age of 26. Trump has now stopped mentioning combatting high drug costs, and has advocated for modernizing Medicare, according to The New York Times.