Author Archives: Sonia Canzater

01.22.18

"Anchor Babies", "Birth Tourism", and Most Americans' COMPLETE Ignorance of Immigration Law

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The 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states that: All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. This means that if a mother is present in the U.S. when a child is born, then the child… THE. CHILD… […]

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12.08.17

Planning for Success: Adequate Funding for Hepatitis C Surveillance and Monitoring is Vital to Achieving Elimination

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This blog post was written by Sonia Canzater and Jeffrey S. Crowley of the O’Neill Institute, and originally published on December 6, 2017 on the HepVu blog. The original post can be found here.    These are the facts: An estimated 3.9 million Americans are infected with Hepatitis C Between 2010 and 2015, Hepatitis C incidence […]

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11.29.17

While Congress Maintains Its Perpetual Impasse, Children Face the Threat of Losing their Health Insurance

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We are all well aware of the many attempts made by Congressional Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. It consumed Congress’ time and focus for months, and ultimately fizzled with unsuccessful votes to change the law. While Republicans were busy trying to take away health insurance from millions of Americans and make […]

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10.17.17

A Thoughtful Comparison of the Government's Response to Crack Epidemic of the 1980s vs. the current Opioid Epidemic: A look at criminalization, race, and treatment

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I grew up in Brooklyn, New York in the 1980s. I saw a lot of things many children not raised in a big city never experience. One of the things I remember is seeing some of my neighbors – who had previously been vibrant people who chatted with my parents in the building lobby or […]

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09.06.17

I am the DREAM my ancestors dared to dream: Rescinding DACA makes the American "Dream" a mere fantasy

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(SPECIAL THANKS TO MY COUSIN XENEIDA FOR INSPIRING THIS ARTICLE. TE QUIERO MUCHO, PRIMA!) First, let me state for the record that I was born in a hospital in Queens, New York in the U.S. of A, and I have the long form birth certificate to prove it, so no need to open that link […]

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07.26.17

House Appropriations Committee passes FY2018 health services budget bill that offers no additional funding for HIV or viral hepatitis initiatives; does not acknowledge the rising rates of Hepatitis C infections in the U.S.

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In a vote that followed party lines, the House Appropriations Committee passed the FY2018 Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill on July 20, 2017. The bill rejects most of the proposed cuts to health services recommended by the current Administration, but does little to boost funding for health services that desperately […]

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07.07.17

Hepatitis Policy Project Releases Recommendations to Improve Monitoring of the Hepatitis C Epidemic in the U.S.

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The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law’s Hepatitis Policy Project recently released a report offering recommendations to strengthen data collection and monitoring of cases of Hepatitis C in the U.S. in order for public health authorities to gain a better understanding of the effects of the disease and most effective strategies to curb […]

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05.05.17

Louisiana Proposes that the Federal Government Bypass Patent Restrictions to Acquire Cheaper Hepatitis C Drugs

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Anyone who follows U.S. public health issues – or who reads my blog posts – knows that the cost of the drugs needed to treat Hepatitis C infections is very high. The cost of these drugs is of particular concern to state health authorities who are charged with providing health care for Medicaid recipients and […]

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03.10.17

COLLATERAL DAMAGE: REPEALING OBAMACARE WOULD ELIMINATE FUNDING FOR CRITICAL CDC PREVENTION PROGRAMS

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There are many reasons for concern regarding the repercussions of a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Much of the focus as of late has been on the effect repeal would have on Medicaid recipients and how the cost of health insurance would change under a new plan. However, there are […]

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02.07.17

Face the Facts: The benefit of continued support of stem cell research transcends partisan politics.

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Stem cell research is a volatile scientific topic in the US, with supporters who are usually divided along political lines. Conservatives tend to view stem cell research – and particularly embryonic stem cell research – with disfavor. Thus, the new administration poses a threat to the continued support of research and innovation in this field, […]

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