The senate members wish to take this opportunity to express gratitude for bringing to its attention the serious adversities taking place in the Medicaid services program. Indeed, the fears expressed to this house are very valid and do require a quick response and be rest assured that this house is already looking into the issue. However, the testimony has defective observations and this is why this house needs to clarify some few things.
It would be good to start by re-affirming one of the phrases expressed in the testimony that the senate committee is faced with enormous challenges in the health sector. In deed, it is encouraging to discover that citizens take cognizance that sometimes as senate members there are challenges and Medicaid service program is one of them.
It was well stated that Medicare Program aim at providing funds for the poor so that they might access quality medical and health-care services (Baker & Baker, 2011). From the statement itself it can be argued and justifiably so that the aim of the Medicaid program is for the poor, period. Therefore, accusations brought to this house must show that this senate has failed in meeting the objectives of this program. This is even before one can talk of APNs, really, the testimony would be more assertive if it touched on the direct adversities faced by the common poor citizens. However, this should not mean that the claims of the testimony were baseless but it is just that this Senate wishes to remind the public the “why” of Medicaid Service Program and who should benefit from it.
The strongest point in the testimony is the presentation it has given in that the program is not benefiting many people as it should due to poor utilization of the APNs. This certainly lowers the level of services and it is also pointless to have the program in the first place. From the deliberations of this Senate, one of the key challenges to this program is the fact that this nation might be going through serious scarcity of nursing professionals. As in, the number of nurses does not meet the demands of this program. So, the testimony should have born that in mind. This really could contribute to the bigger number of cases of having some patients going unattended. This has become a global observation and hence the need to revolutionalize the health sector in America (Morres, 2009; Raz, 2010).).
The testimony strongly informed that the APNs have not been adequately utilized which is unfortunate and contrary to the wishes of this house. The government has recently recruited quite a good number of APNs into the program and in deed in the entire health sector just to ensure that there are sufficient services. This house intends to react to any assumption that it is part of the game or it is hindering nurses from taking part in the program. Such directives or motives do not come from any of the members of this Senate.
However, this house still believes that regardless of the beautiful objective expressed in the Medicaid program, in that it is for the poor, it still have to conform to health standards and practices. There is no way it will be accepted to have the program with APNs and they do not observe or meet the standards spelt out in the laws of this country. Sometimes, the Senate may restrict the inclusion of other participants, nurses for instance, unless upon establishing their commitment and competence as well. Otherwise, this committee has no objection to the proposed views and they will be implemented accordingly.
This senate will not tire to state that it believes in progressive reforms and improvement. Any criticism that the Senate makes is not meant to water down testimonies but it is just a way to clarify issues that it believes are sometimes overlooked. Yes, the committee will look into this issue and it will be fixed as soon as possible. Thank you.
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