Short term health insurance sometimes referred to as term health insurance serves to fill in the gap in health coverage while in a state of transition. Transition periods such as in-between jobs, awaiting benefits from a new job, missed open enrollment time slot, and/or a college student fresh out of school are a few occasions when short term health insurance is necessary.
Short term health insurance under the Obama Administration developed regulations to limit the length up to three months with no opportunity for renewal. Currently, under the Trump Administration short term health insurance can be purchased for policies lasting up to 1 year with opportunity for renewal a maximum of two times.
Short term health insurance is regulated through the states not the Affordable Care Act which set specific stipulations and guidelines for insurance companies to abide by. Due to this, short term insurance has large coverage gaps, some not including maternity leave, mental health care, or prescription drugs. People with short-term health insurance policies have coverage but “skinny coverage”.
There are many factors that influence and have great impact on an individuals health status. Poverty, access to healthcare, education, and housing are a few examples of social determinants of health.
Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine has developed a Department of Population Science and Policy. The mission of the department is to teach medical students how the routine lives of patients play a large role in their overall health. Medical students that integrate this into their learning will become an overall better doctor with the ability to help patients manage their health properly.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and The World Health Organization suggest that infants be breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months postpartum. It has been scientifically proven that breastfeeding provides essential nutrition and potentially reduces risk for a variety of diseases and asthma among other things.
In Hempstead, New York, the town board voted to repeal a town code that banned breastfeeding in public. State law in New York allows women to breastfeed openly and freely anyplace.
Electronic Health Record (EHR), systems used to collect, analyze, and make referrals, use information provided from patients to provide quality and efficient care provided to tailor the needs of the people. Social determinants of health are social and economic conditions that influence quality of life and health outcomes.
Intertwining electronic health records and social determinants of health provide researchers with better quality data to understand the needs and experiences of the community. Analyzing the social determinants of health gives vision to the social needs of the community to develop community health centers that serve the community at an optimal level.