The SOCIAL Determinants of Health? What About the POLITICAL Determinants of Health?

Excerpt with permission from The Medical Care Blog, Nov 4, 2018, written by Dr. Ranit Mishori, family physician and a professor of family medicine at Georgetown University. Dr. Mishori is also a Board Member of the National Physicians Alliance. Follow her on Twitter: @ranitmd The concept that health comes with significant social determinants is everywhere we … Read more

An Inspirational Obituary for Labor Day Weekend

Written by Lisa Plymate, MD, NPA Board Member and Co-Chair NPA FDA Task Force, Seattle Washington When we think of what Labor Day means, we tend to focus on the Labor Movement, and the hard-earned rights of workers to organize to fight for their rights – as well we should. Today, however, an obituary in … Read more

How Many People in Your State Live with Pre-Existing Conditions? What Happens if Coverage Can Again be Denied?

President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaug has openly criticized Chief Justice Roberts for voting to uphold the ACA and, from the bench, repeatedly voiced his opposition. The NPA and many allies believe he poses a distinct threat to the ACA and people with pre-existing conditions – read the statement submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee … Read more

New Threat to Health Care Coverage! Join Aug. 26 National Day of Action to #StopKavanaugh

President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is a threat to the ACA and people with pre-existing conditions. He has openly criticized Chief Justice Roberts for voting to uphold the ACA and, from the bench, repeatedly voiced his opposition. Join National Day of Action – August 26 – United for Justice #StopKavanaugh Find an Event … Read more

NPA Joins Consumer & Patient Groups Call on Trump/HHS to Lower Rx Drug Prices

41 Consumer and Patient Groups Urge the Trump Administration to Take Real Action on Prescription Drugs NPA is proud to be a co-signer on public comments submitted by Families USA, Public Citizen, and 39 other national and state-based organizations including the Services Employees International Union, the National Partnership for Women and Families, the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, and NETWORK … Read more

NPA Strongly Opposes the Department of Homeland Security’s Policy of Family Separation

The National Physicians Alliance (NPA) strongly urges the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security to end the policy of separating asylum-seeking families at the border. As physicians, we know that detaining and separating families and children is traumatic and harmful and can cause long-lasting physical,  cognitive, psychological and emotional damage. Moreover, keeping … Read more

“Doc… why did she die?”

Op-ed published in the Baltimore Sun, June 3, 2018, written by Dr. Nicky Mehtani, resident physician at Johns Hopkins, and NPA 2018 Copello Health Advocacy Fellow. “Doc… why did she die?” I had been faced with this question before, but was utterly unprepared to answer it this time, when it was asked by the 16-year-old … Read more

NCHR and NPA Comments at FDA Advisory Committee on New Treatment for Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Today, the NPA joined the National Center for Health Research in comments addressing concerns on the safety and efficacy of plazomicin as a new treatment for antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Thank you for the opportunity to speak today. I am Dr. Danielle Shapiro, I am a physician and senior fellow at the National Center for Health Research. … Read more