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Restructuring Medicaid Financing: block grant vs. entitlement #adverseeffects

HealthCetera Radio will be producing weekly news updates and dedicated segments called Adverse Effects. HealthCetera’s production team will be reporting on the impact of the repeal/replace of the ACA, changes in Medicaid, Medicare, and CHIP. We will also report on healthcare workforce issues and the impact of actions to reform health care by the incoming administration.

Medicaid, which is jointly funded by federal and state tax dollars, covers more than 73 million Americans. Many GOP and Democratic states agreed to expand Medicaid under the health law. The incoming administration has stated an interest to restructure how Medicaid coverage for poor Americans is financed by giving block grants of money to states.

HealthCetera’s Kristi Westphaln,PNP, #AdverseEffects segment reports on the potential impact of restructuring how Medicaid is financed and the potential impact this might have on providing health care access to children insured by Medicaid.

Tune in to HealthCetera Thursday, January 19 at 1:00 PM on WBAI 99.5FM streamed live at or listen to the interview here.

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Kristi Westphaln, MSN, RN, PNP-PC, is a San Diego-based pediatric nurse practitioner with a passion for all things pediatric. She has been in the nursing profession for 15 years, with 11 years of PNP expertise in the areas of pediatric primary care, pediatric emergency health care, pediatric trauma and child abuse. Ms. Westphaln will be producing for the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement a series of elementary school-based health education podcasts and will continue her work in radio with “HealthCetera.” She currently serves as the legislative/health policy chair for the San Diego chapters of the National Association of Pediatric Nurses (NAPNAP) and the California Association of Nurse Practitioners, and she was recently honored as a 2017 National NAPNAP Advocacy Scholar. She anticipates completing her PhD in nursing from the University of San Diego in May 2018 and aspires to pursue post-doctoral education in the pediatric health policy research arena. Her research interests include child health promotion, social capital, health care access and use, home visitation and health disparities/social justice.

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