Category Archive for: Healthcare

Racial Disparities in Healthcare

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  • Posted on February 25, 2006

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Census data for 2004 revealed that the number of uninsured Americans rose for the fourth year in a row resulting in 45.8 million Americans uninsured. In light of this growing problem the JCPA reaffirms its support for quality, affordable health care coverage, regardless of income, in accordance with our 2000 resolution on healthcare.  We call…



Reproductive Choice

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  • Posted on February 24, 2005

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Assaults on reproductive health services continue to grow on a local, state and federal level.  Moreover, access to abortion and affordable family planning has been severely restricted.  There is also a growing movement to bestow the rights of full personhood on the fetus.  In light of the debate within American society regarding a woman’s right…



Medicaid

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  • Posted on February 24, 2005

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Since biblical times, Jewish tradition finds a profound value in the preservation of health and life of all individuals. We recognize that to save a life is as if to save an entire world.  For decades, the JCPA has been dedicated to improving the American healthcare system and Medicaid in particular.  Medicaid is our nation’s…



Therapeutic Cloning Research, Jewish Tradition and Public Policy

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  • Posted on February 24, 2005

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  In light of debate within American society on the topic of stem cell research, the JCPA adopted a resolution on therapeutic cloning research in 2004.  The following clarifies the scientific content of that policy’s action recommendations:   The community relations field should: Support: Research using embryonic stem cells including those developed through Somatic Cell…



THERAPEUTIC CLONING RESEARCH, JEWISH TRADITION AND PUBLIC POLICY

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  • Posted on February 24, 2004

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Society today stands on the threshold of a new era in biomedical research.  The wisdom granted to humans by our Creator has led to our greater understanding and knowledge of the building blocks of human life itself.  Scientists revealed the existence and role of DNA and cellular science many years ago.  Currently, scientists are not…



PRESCRIPTION DRUG COVERAGE FOR MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES

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  • Posted on February 24, 2003

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Forty million elderly and disabled Americans receive health care coverage through the federal Medicare program.  When Medicare was enacted in 1965, it covered the most important elements of medical care at that time – hospitalization and physician care.  Since then the advance of drug therapies have changed medical care dramatically, but Medicare has not kept…



Health Care Coverage

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  • Posted on February 24, 2003

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According to the latest Census Bureau report, there were more than 41 million uninsured Americans in the year 2001, an increase of 1.4 million after two years of declining figures.  Eight out of 10 were in working families.  In most cases, the primary wage earner in the household either had a job that offered no…



Mental Health Care

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  • Posted on June 10, 2002

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    The Jewish Council for Public Affairs has consistently supported comprehensive, accessible, affordable, quality health care coverage for individuals and families regardless of income.  This includes mental as well as physical health care, consistent with our understanding that Judaism concerns itself with the health of the mind and soul as well as the body. …



Long Term Care and Supportive Services for the Elderly

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  • Posted on February 26, 2001

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PREAMBLE: As our population ages, the need for a comprehensive system of affordable, quality long-term care services (herein after “long term care”) and for innovative, cost-effective ways to provide these services grows more acute. Jewish values teach us that older people deserve deference and respect. According to Rabbi Issi ben Yehuda, we are obligated to…



Managed Care Regulation

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  • Posted on October 26, 1998

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While the transformation of healthcare in the U.S. from traditional fee-for-service practice to managed care has brought certain benefits, problems accompanying the rapid growth of managed care have also emerged. These include reports of limited access to medical professionals, restricted benefits, reduced services, and denial of coverage in some cases. Such reports have raised concerns…