McKenzie Richards

Animals

California’s Wiley Urban Coyotes

Last week, a home security camera in a suburban Woodland Hills neighborhood captured shocking footage of a coyote attacking a toddler girl. Having just returned home from preschool pick-up, the child’s father had turned his back for just a moment as he unloaded the SUV. When he heard his child …

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Feeble cheer for California’s nurse practitioners

Unsurprisingly, California has historically been among the most restrictive states in the nation when it comes to nurse practitioners’ independence. But starting January 1, 2023, nurse practitioners can finally work toward receiving “full-practice” authorization in California as AB 890 (2020)  comes into effect. While the text of the legislation states …

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Simple solutions that boost neighborhood healthcare

Simple solutions that boost neighborhood healthcare by McKenzie Richards Perhaps I should not have moved to Los Angeles given that I hate driving. Driving here – and in any city, really – can be chaotic, unpredictable and time-consuming. For a recent doctor’s appointment, I opted to walk instead. Never having …

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Health Care Priorities for Next Congress

Election day approaches quickly. But no matter who wins come November, Americans must urge Congress to prioritize health care policy. Health care costs are consistently rising which endangers lives because costs can constrain patients from receiving needed care. Pandemic exigencies further highlighted shortcomings in our health care system. Before pandemic …

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Prop 29 Isn’t Kidney-ing Around

During the pandemic, suddenly everyone became armchair medical experts – much to the chagrin of actual epidemiologists. We soon learned the dangers of politicizing health issues.   But on this year’s ballot, California voters will have to become armchair medical experts when they vote on Proposition 29, who will be …

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In Political Speech, “Universal” Means Anything But

Every few months, the argument to “universalize” some sector of the economy captures national attention – be it for universal health care, universal childcare, or universal student loan forgiveness. All the arguments have an all-too-often overlooked fatal flaw: they assume goods are not scarce. In economic terms, all goods have …

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Secure Telehealth Laws to Aid Nurses with Kids

Juggling work life and home life can be daunting for working mothers. For parents working in the healthcare sector, those pressures are often exacerbated by the doctor shortage, length of shifts, and the sheer number of patients. Fortunately, loosening scope-of-practice laws for nurses and expanding telehealth options potentially offers some …

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No More Surprise Medical Bills

Imagine going to your local furniture store to pick out a new couch. An eager employee approaches you and helps you find the perfect piece for your new home. You make the purchase, thank the employee, and go on your merry way. Weeks later, you open the mail. Congratulations! You …

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Telehealth: A Great “Parenting Tool”

Telehealth experiments during the pandemic confirmed the immense positive impact that virtual options provide to communities. It helps individuals in rural areas, those struggling with mental health crises, the poor, and even individuals with rare disorders. Speaking more generally, equipping young families with telehealth options also greatly helps parents. I …

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The Administrative State: Who is Really in Charge?

One somewhat overlooked but recent Supreme Court case contains potentially powerful implications for the private sector’s operational culture, especially in health care and education West Virginia v. EPA centered around the question of whether the Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to regulate how electricity is generated. Motivated to reduce …

Animals

California’s Wiley Urban Coyotes

Last week, a home security camera in a suburban Woodland Hills neighborhood captured shocking footage of a coyote attacking a toddler girl. Having just returned home from preschool pick-up, the child’s father had turned his back for just a moment as he unloaded the SUV. When he heard his child …

Blog

Feeble cheer for California’s nurse practitioners

Unsurprisingly, California has historically been among the most restrictive states in the nation when it comes to nurse practitioners’ independence. But starting January 1, 2023, nurse practitioners can finally work toward receiving “full-practice” authorization in California as AB 890 (2020)  comes into effect. While the text of the legislation states …

Blog

Simple solutions that boost neighborhood healthcare

Simple solutions that boost neighborhood healthcare by McKenzie Richards Perhaps I should not have moved to Los Angeles given that I hate driving. Driving here – and in any city, really – can be chaotic, unpredictable and time-consuming. For a recent doctor’s appointment, I opted to walk instead. Never having …

Blog

Health Care Priorities for Next Congress

Election day approaches quickly. But no matter who wins come November, Americans must urge Congress to prioritize health care policy. Health care costs are consistently rising which endangers lives because costs can constrain patients from receiving needed care. Pandemic exigencies further highlighted shortcomings in our health care system. Before pandemic …

Blog

Prop 29 Isn’t Kidney-ing Around

During the pandemic, suddenly everyone became armchair medical experts – much to the chagrin of actual epidemiologists. We soon learned the dangers of politicizing health issues.   But on this year’s ballot, California voters will have to become armchair medical experts when they vote on Proposition 29, who will be …

Blog

In Political Speech, “Universal” Means Anything But

Every few months, the argument to “universalize” some sector of the economy captures national attention – be it for universal health care, universal childcare, or universal student loan forgiveness. All the arguments have an all-too-often overlooked fatal flaw: they assume goods are not scarce. In economic terms, all goods have …

Blog

Secure Telehealth Laws to Aid Nurses with Kids

Juggling work life and home life can be daunting for working mothers. For parents working in the healthcare sector, those pressures are often exacerbated by the doctor shortage, length of shifts, and the sheer number of patients. Fortunately, loosening scope-of-practice laws for nurses and expanding telehealth options potentially offers some …

Blog

No More Surprise Medical Bills

Imagine going to your local furniture store to pick out a new couch. An eager employee approaches you and helps you find the perfect piece for your new home. You make the purchase, thank the employee, and go on your merry way. Weeks later, you open the mail. Congratulations! You …

Blog

Telehealth: A Great “Parenting Tool”

Telehealth experiments during the pandemic confirmed the immense positive impact that virtual options provide to communities. It helps individuals in rural areas, those struggling with mental health crises, the poor, and even individuals with rare disorders. Speaking more generally, equipping young families with telehealth options also greatly helps parents. I …

Blog

The Administrative State: Who is Really in Charge?

One somewhat overlooked but recent Supreme Court case contains potentially powerful implications for the private sector’s operational culture, especially in health care and education West Virginia v. EPA centered around the question of whether the Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to regulate how electricity is generated. Motivated to reduce …

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