The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Hospital Association and the American Medical Association have sent letters to Congress expressing their opposition to the Republicans' proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act. Changes to Medicaid under the measure, such as per-capita caps and the shift from an entitlement program to block grants, could reduce the quality of care for Medicaid recipients and reverse progress in health insurance coverage for youths, the AAP said in its letter which was sent earlier this week to House of Representatives leadership.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) opposes the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposal reported in the media that would separate immigrant mothers from their children when they arrive at the U.S. border. Read the full statement here.
East Bay Pediatrics reminds our families to Read Read Read! Check out our new book recommendations page to find resources and make recommendations of your own. Kid recommendations are encouraged!
Each of the state's leaders from the American Academy of Pediatrics traveled to the nation's capital on February 28 to meet with Congress members regarding three main messages: Renew the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), keep Medicaid strong, and support consumer protections in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that benefit children. California's leaders brought this fact sheet regarding children's health coverage.
It's not too late to celebrate Children's Dental Health Month - remember to brush daily and see your dentist twice per year. The American Academy of Pediatrics has a great resource for parents working on getting their preschoolers to brush. Read these helpful tips from Healthychildren.org.
Adolescents shouldn't use marijuana for medical or recreational purposes as it may damage brain development, and parents shouldn't consume marijuana in the presence of their children, according to recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics, published in Pediatrics. The guidance also urged pediatricians to use education and counseling in the office setting to help prevent marijuana use in adolescents. Read the article on the Washington Post.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is against the Trump administration's removal of federal guidance allowing transgender public school students the right to use the bathroom of their choice, said AAP President Dr. Fernando Stein. Rescinding such protections "may subject transgender students to further harm," Stein said. For more information, please see this HealthDay article.
East Bay Pediatrics will now send appointment reminders by text message to your cell phone. If you have not designated a phone which can receive text messages as your primary number, please call us to update your information.
By Alyson Sulaski Wyckoff, Associate Editor of AAP News
More than 350 medical, professional and advocacy organizations signed on to a letter drafted by the Academy to President Donald Trump expressing "unequivocal support" for the safety of vaccines.
The 28-page letter cites and abstracts more than 40 studies on vaccine safety and effectiveness. Co-signers of the Feb. 7 letter represent every AAP chapter along with state and national medical, research and advocacy groups, including the American Medical Association, the March of Dimes and Autism Speaks.
"Vaccines protect the health of children and adults and save lives," the letter states. "They prevent life-threatening diseases, including forms of cancer. Vaccines have been part of the fabric of our society for decades and are one of the most significant medical innovations of our time."
As the new administration takes shape, the Academy and others wanted to be on the record early to demonstrate strong support for vaccines and the recommended immunization schedule.
The letter points out that despite successes, outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases still occur. "As a nation, we should redouble our efforts to make needed investments in patient and family education about the importance of vaccines ... to increase the rate of vaccination among all populations," the letter concludes. "Put simply: Vaccines are safe. Vaccines are effective. Vaccines save lives."
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Richard Oken, MD, FAAP