There was a time before the Obamacare when women were charged higher than men by insurers for the same services. However this came to a halt after the Affordable Care Act was introduced by President Obama in 2010. Maternity care was also included along with other additional benefits. This helped many women and eased their financial burden during the maternity period.
Now again they are in danger of losing these benefits and being charged higher than men. Tom Price, The health secretary of the Trump administration is set to abolish many medical benefits included in the 2010 reform. One of these is believed to be the maternity benefit. This has caused alarm among the women population of the country.
Gretchen Borchelt who works as Vice president at the National Women’s Law Centre said that they were worried about returning the stage where insurance companies once more started deciding rules by themselves. Women would then have to return to those days when they had to suffer for lack of affordable medical care.
There are also chances that preventive medical health care services will be revoked also. Such moves are going to harm other benefits which women enjoy now like
· the contraception coverage,
· screening for gestational diabetes,
· screening for sexually transmitted infections,
· breast-feeding support,
· counseling for domestic violence
· breast and cervical cancer
· testing for BRCA 1 &2
The above and many more were actually very useful to women .However the Trump administration does not consider any of these facts and are determined to cut out the majority of the insurance coverage under the pretext of saving around 34% of the Federal payments.
Diana Palanker who teaches at Georgetown University stated that under normal circumstances such coverage cannot be altered without alteration to the statute. However this can happen is the law is repelled.
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Has Donald Trump made the right choice in choosing his Health Secretary? Tom Price, the current Health Secretary is making reforms to the health care network in America which is not very favorable to the people. People are getting more worried as there are rumors that their medical benefits would be cut to a large extent. Mr. Price has been against the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010 and has started taking measures which are alarming the citizens. Health care measures like Medicare, Medicaid provide coverage to millions of disabled, elderly and poor citizens.
During his election campaigns, Trump had assured that he would not cut down any medical allowances or harm the health care coverage system. However Price is more than ready to cut down all the benefits. He has also supported the move to abolish the federal funding for Planned Parenthood which is going to affect many women. Lots of people are worried as they will be left without any medical care if all these reforms come into existence. Records say that 14 million people will lose cover with this new move. The bill will also affect the insurance policies as insurers will no longer be covering expenses like
· addiction treatment
· birth control
· maternity care
· prescription drugs
Moreover the insurance would be valid only if the person has had continuous coverage for the past 18 months. This will cause problems to those who are in between jobs or do not have cover continuously for 18 months.
Price claims that the federal spending will be reduced by 34% by this move. However it is going to be a real disadvantage to the medical care available throughout the country. This will also affect the retirement plans of many American families. We will have to wait and see how it is going to turn out.
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There are farms in and around Amercia, both large and small, which contribute to the food supply. Small farms are more in number; however the major suppliers are large farms whose contribution comes to around 80% of the food sales throughout the country. These large farms come to only 8% of the total farm population. The innovative methods of agriculture which they have adopted along with the latest technological advances have helped them to achieve this.
Most of the farms are run by families. They run and manage the farm so well that they end up being the sole suppliers in the neighboring grocery stores. From milk to Beef, they supply products in local restaurants as well.
Though they have relied on traditional methods of agriculture, most farmers are now willing to adopt modern technological knowhow so that they preserve their land from soil erosion, nitrogen run off and other natural hazards. They also use precise agricultural methods to study about moisture retention, preservation of soil nutrients, productivity calculations etc.
Farmers are now using GPS facilities in tractors. They get seed varieties and sow them according to the soil content. They can use modern technology to increase the efficiency of their land. The water content of their soil can be measured and effective irrigation methods are adopted. Earlier these were things farmers dreamed about. They wished for such tools which would make their labor on farms more productive.
Today smart phones have made their lives easier as they can even check the weather conditions, price markets for crops, increase or decrease in sales rates, all from the comfort of their homes. Efficient methods of bio gas conversion, effluent treatment plants, organic disposal of vegetable waste etc are mostly adopted by all farmers which in turn is helping Mother Nature as all these methods are environment friendly.