To Prepare: · Review the Congress website provided in the Resources and identify one recent (within the past 5 years) proposed health policy.

To Prepare:

· Review the Congress website provided in the Resources and identify one recent (within the past 5 years) proposed health policy.

· Review the health policy you identified and reflect on the background and development of this health policy.

 

 

 

Post a description of the health policy you selected and a brief background for the problem or issue being addressed. Explain whether you believe there is an evidence base to support the proposed policy and explain why. Be specific and provide examples.

 

 

APA format and 3 references

 

Then respond to a peer with 2 references

 

 

 

Peer 1

 

The healthcare policy I chose is S. 3098, S.3098 -is the Preventive Care Awareness Act of 2021.

S. 3098 will provide national public health information and focus on people in a lower income bracket who have forgone services during the COVID-19 pandemic. This bill would also create a task force to promote preventative care and development programs in rural and underserved populations. Its primary focus is teaching low-income Americans the benefits of preventive healthcare. This bill is in committee and has bipartisan support (Bell et al., 2017).

Reading this proposed bill, I asked myself whether it is lower-income Americans who have forgone preventative treatment during COVID or Americans in general. Preventive screenings have long been advocated as one of the most valuable ways to facilitate early diagnosis and treatment of disease. Cancer screenings have helped lower the US cervical cancer death rate by 50% in the last three decades (2022).

According to the American Medical Association, more than 40% of Americans surveyed stopped preventative medical care as covid-19 began (Timothy M. Smith, Senior News Writer, 2020).  This number included Americans of all economic levels. I believe no proof was found that only lower-income Americans skipped screenings during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the Joint Commission, patients with lower health literacy did not see the importance of preventative care during COVID-19 (The Joint Commission, 2022). I believe there is evidence-based support for increasing education for all Americans regarding the importance of preventive health screenings, And indeed more teaching to Americans with a lower understanding of their health. This bill was given only a 3% chance of passing into law. I believe that is partly because it only attempts to reach lower-income populations and not all Americans.