My favorite parts of my job are the moments where the connection between the people using the health care system and the work that we do becomes crystal clear.
Growing up in a “purple” household prepared me well for the experience of living in a “purple” state. My family is an opinionated bunch, and our spirited political discussions were the backdrop of my youth.
The images we’ve seen of the firefighters working around the clock in intense heat and in dangerous conditions fill our hearts with pride and gratitude to be a part of a community willing to sacrifice their lives and their health for us.
At a community presentation a few weeks ago, an audience member asked the panel of experts: “What can I do as a consumer whose dollars are coming out of my own pocket to lower the cost of health care?”
Going into January 2012, the health care forecast for this legislative session looked like deeper cuts with a good chance of ongoing unpleasantness, and I was ready to hunker down for the storm.