Posts Tagged ‘health’

Vocational Fitness: who are the “Disabled?”

I want the CSRA to be well. From my perspective, one of the fundamental components of wellness is vocational fitness, or the ability to be gainfully productive in employment. I am very passionate about helping folks stay fit and remain productive members of society.  However, one of my biggest pet peeves are those who seek disability and are still able to work.

I recently asked my partner (who is also in healthcare and works with “disabled”), How many of your “disabled” patients do you honestly feel are not fit to work?  We both independently

 came up with the some percentage, about ONE THIRD.  I do believe we both have somewhat biased perspectives and see a skewed population.  However, I do believe this to be highly reflectively of prevelant laziness and entitlement attitude here in the CSRA.

Yes, most person I’ve interacted with have had an adverse medical event.  Yet, many are young and there is no reason that these clinical conditions prevent them for re-entering the workplace.  It’s just easier for them to take disability and live off the system.  This type of attitude irks me like nothing else.

I believe in individual accountability and doing everything you can to get yourself back on your feet. The states of Georgia and South Carolina has some great programs that will help pay for someone’s recover and assist with getting a job.  Yet, many just are not motivated to.

I say, “Get off the couch CSRA!!” Everyone has a purpose, some role on this earth.  We must love and respect ourselves enough to embrace whatever gifts and talents we possess and be an active, productive member of the community.

Over and Out.

GLBT & Health Care Reform

There has been little press in the national media concerning the aspects of health care relevant to the GLBT community.  It is exciting to note that current House Bill includes some major, positive aspects for the gay community. These include:

(1)  provisions that categorize GLBT people as a “health disparities population,” ensuring that down the road, data collection and grant programs can focus on health concerns uniquely experienced by the GLBT population in this country.

(2)  Ending the unfair practice of taxing employer-provided domestic partner health benefits, allowing  GLBT people to obtain domestic partner health benefits for their partners and families without having to pay a tax penalty.

(3) the bill incorporates a non-discrimination clause that prohibits the consideration of personal characteristics unrelated to the provision of health care. That likely means that GLBT people will be protected from discrimination in the health care system.

(4) the bill will allow states to cover early HIV treatment under their Medicaid programs, a departure from a current policy that only allows states to use Medicaid funds once a patient develops full-blown AIDS.

Unfortunately, the recently passed Senate Bill does not include any of these measures.  Hopefully these measures will survive the reconciliation process as the Bill moves forward.

Reference: http://gayrights.change.org/blog/view/why_the_us_houses_health_reform_bill_is_good_news_for_gay_rights

Goals and Mission Statement: Augusta, Aiken, CSRA gay blog

Howdy,

I am starting this blog to begin a dialogue concerning issues affecting the gay community in the CSRA.  I am exciting and inspired by the upcoming Augusta Gay Pride in June of 2010.  I travel to both Columbia, SC Pride and Atlanta Pride in 2009 and saw what great, supportive communities exist in each of those areas.  I feel that the CSRA has a large, but quiet gay community.  It’s time for us to speak up and be heard.

The goals of this blog are:

(1) Increase and improve the level of communication in the CSRA gay community

(2) Identify what issues are important to our community and what steps can we take to move forward

(3) What are our strengths and weakness?  What resources can we provide one another?

(4) Pursue advancement of our civil rights in a peaceful and mature fashion

(5) Advance the knowledge that one can be both Christian and gay, and politically conservative & gay – above all it’s about respect.  I believe we have more to learn from the similarities across religions than we have to gain from fighting over petty differences.  I also believe both political parties have a lot to learn from one another.

This is my first post, hopefully one of many.  I can’t wait to hear from all of you out there.