For Medically Vulnerable Families, Inflation’s Squeeze Is Inescapable

Heidi de Marco, California Healthline

12 de agosto de 2022

ROSAMOND, Calif. — Deborah Lewis rose from bed before dawn and signed in to her phone so she could begin delivering fast food, coffee, and groceries to residents in this western patch of the Mojave Desert where test pilot Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier generations ago.

Lewis prayed she would earn $75, just enough to fill the tank of her Kia sedan so she could drive her 8-year-old daughter, Annabelle, 80 miles south to Los Angeles to receive her weekly chemotherapy treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Just a year ago, the same tank of gas would have cost $30 less.

After a full shift as a gig worker, the mother had earned close to what she needed. “It took a lot longer than I thought,” she said.

High inflation is hitting families across the nation. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, consumer prices in July were up 8.5% from a year earlier, one of the biggest increases in recent decades. The Bureau of Economic Analysis found that consumers are spending the most on housing and utilities, food, and medical care.

Overall wages continue to climb, but after adjusting for the rising price of goods and services, workers’ paychecks declined 3.5% over the past year. A recent KFF poll found that 74% of registered voters put inflation, including rising gas prices, at the top of their concerns.

For millions of families living with chronic diseases — such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer — or other debilitating conditions, inflation is proving a punishing scourge that could be harmful to their health. Unlike dining out less or buying fewer clothes, many patients don’t have a choice when it comes to paying for medicine, medical supplies, and other ancillary costs. Some must drive long distances to see a specialist, and others must adhere to a strict diet.

“Chronic disease patients are usually on the front lines of seeing a lack of supplies or an increase in out-of-pocket costs,” said Paul Conway, chair of policy and global affairs for the American Association of Kidney Patients.

Health care has grown increasingly unaffordable. Half of adults report having difficulty paying their health costs, according to KFF polling. One-third say they or a family member has skipped recommended medical treatment in the past year because of the cost, and one-quarter of adults report rationing pills or leaving prescriptions unfilled.

Inflation has squeezed families further by driving up the price of gas and food, as well as medical products such as needles and bed-wetting pads. Health care costs have risen 5.1% since July 2021, and medical commodities — which include prescription and over-the-counter drugs, medical equipment and supplies — are up 3.7%.

Inflation is particularly detrimental to the health of low-income patients; studies have found a strong link between poverty and health. According to the California Budget & Policy Center, more than half of California households making $50,000 or less struggle to pay for food, housing, and medical costs.

For Deborah Lewis and her husband, Spencer, their concerns about the rising cost of gas have never been about skimping on summer travel or weekend getaways. It’s about making sure they have enough gas to drive Annabelle to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for chemotherapy and other medications delivered through a port in her chest.

The family relies on Spencer’s disability check, which he receives because he has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a hereditary disorder that causes him severe joint pain. He also copes with broken discs in his spine and a cyst pushing against his spinal nerves. In January, he stopped working as a pest control technician, shifting more financial responsibilities to his wife.

The disability check covers rent and utilities, leaving Deborah’s freelance work to cover gas. They also get $500 a month from Miracles for Kids, which helps families with critically ill children.

On a June morning, Deborah packed snacks for the drive ahead as Annabelle, wrapped in her favorite blanket, waited on the couch. Most of her long blond hair has fallen out because of her treatments. The night before, Deborah spent $73.24 to fill up at Costco.

Before they left, Deborah learned the couple carried a negative balance in their checking account. “I have so much on my plate,” she said.

The family has already delayed health care for one family member: Their dog, a Doberman pinscher named Chief, skipped a vet visit for a mass pushing up his intestines.

Politicians are keenly aware of inflation’s leaching effects. In October, most California households will receive “inflation-relief checks” of up to $1,050 to help offset the high cost of gas and other goods under a budget Gov. Gavin Newsom signed in June. The average price of a gallon of gas in California remains above $5, while the national average is about $4.

But health experts worry that even with the one-time aid, affordability could become a life-or-death issue for some Californians. For example, the price of insulin can range from $300 to $400 per vial without insurance.

“We’ve seen a number of patients living with diabetes and on a fixed income greatly impacted by rising inflation,” said Matthew Freeby, an endocrinologist and director of the UCLA Gonda Diabetes Center. “Both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes typically require multiple prescription medications that may already be costly. Patients have had to choose between day-to-day finances and their lifesaving medications, such as insulin or other treatments.”

Inflation is also a challenge for people who depend on certain foods as part of their health care regimen, especially with food prices up 10.9% in the past year.

Toyan Miller, 60, an integrative nutritional health practitioner from San Dimas, California, has been diagnosed with vasculitis and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, two autoimmune diseases that cause inflammation. Miller’s medically tailored diet requires gluten-free, organic food. Miller said she’s dipping into her savings to afford the average of $300 she spends each week on groceries. Last year, she spent about $100 less.

“The avocado mayonnaise price freaked me out,” she said. “It used to be $8. Now, it’s $16.99.”

Even those who are healthy may find themselves helping family or friends in need.

In the mountainous Los Angeles neighborhood of Laurel Canyon, Shelley Goldstein, 60, helps her parents, both in their 90s, pay for items, such as incontinence products, not covered by health insurance. Goldstein’s father was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and lives in a retirement community with his wife, Doris.

“Those are basic things, but that’s like $70 a month between the two of them,” said Goldstein, who works as a speaking coach. “That’s a lot.”

Goldstein worries about how much more of her parents’ health costs she’ll have to shoulder since they are pensioners on fixed incomes.

“What keeps me up at night right now is what’s to come,” she said. “There’s two of them. My parents’ increased need for pads, meds, and other medical support increases as their health declines.”KHN (Kaiser Health News) is a national newsroom that produces in-depth journalism about health issues. Together with Policy Analysis and Polling, KHN is one of the three major operating programs at KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation). KFF is an endowed nonprofit organization providing information on health issues to the nation.


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Disability Often Intersects with Domestic Violence. Here’s How to Better Help Survivors

Angela Kim, California Health Report

07 de julio de 2022

I discovered I had a disability before I realized I was in an abusive relationship, but the two were interwoven in my life for many years. 

My disability, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, made it difficult to cope with my daily life, let alone navigate the violent relationship I was in. My habits and compulsions were gradually consuming all my time and energy. But my relationship made it much more difficult to seek treatment and stay on life-changing medications. 

Since leaving the relationship and becoming an advocate for others in similar situations, I’ve discovered that, although rarely talked about, disability and domestic violence often intersect. I was far from alone. 

I’m sharing my story in the hopes that I can help others understand the connections between disability and domestic violence, but, as a journalist, I also wanted to talk with experts in the field and those who have had similar experiences to me. 

One in 4 women will experience domestic violence at the hands of a romantic or sexual partner, according to the CDC. Similarly, 1 in 4 adults in the U.S. lives with a disability. Between these two statistics is an overlap so large it demands attention. Yet, there is little discussion or awareness that domestic violence and disability often intersect. In fact, studies from the American Psychological Association show that disabled people with disabilities are twice as likely to experience domestic violence than nondisabled people, and women with disabilities have a 40 percent greater chance of experiencing domestic violence than women without disabilities. Given this alarming reality, some domestic violence and disability rights advocates are calling for prioritization of disabled survivors in anti-violence work. This is particularly important because, even if someone doesn’t have a disability initially, domestic violence can cause both temporary and long-term physical or mental health disabilities. 

For one, there are very few agencies with staff specifically trained in how to handle and support survivors with disabilities, says Rachel McCallum, a deaf disability justice advocate diagnosed with Anaplastic Astrocytoma. In her work auditing trainings in social work spaces, she quickly noticed that inclusivity and intake trainings rarely mentioned disability, deferring instead to more common modules on race and gender. Furthermore, in California, there are only a handful of shelters that specifically cater to survivors with disabilities, and most lack accessible facilities.

The inaccessibility of resources makes survivors with disabilities more vulnerable to abusers and often extends the duration of the abuse – in some cases, starting from childhood. People with limited communication abilities or cognitive disabilities may find it more difficult to report abuse effectively to authorities. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence estimates that 70 to 85 percent of cases of abuse against disabled people go unreported.

“We struggle with ableism on institutional, interpersonal and internal levels,” said Tom Hartig, a 26-year-old domestic violence survivor with chronic depression and complex-PTSD. “When abusers take advantage of disabilities, it can become even harder to separate self-worth and self-love with how society sees us.”

Author Angela Kim.

Firsthand experiences

When I finally sought treatment in 2013, first I brought it up with my immigrant Asian parents, who were skeptical, due to their cultural background. But my boyfriend was even more dismissive. Even after explaining it a dozen times, he thought I was pursuing therapy for the unforgivable sin of talking to someone about our relationship issues. He discouraged the notion, asserting that therapy was a sign of weakness and that it was improper to discuss “private matters” with strangers.

But I could barely cope with my life, so I decided to seek therapy anyway. It saved my life. 

I started Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for my Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The months undergoing CBT were the best of my life. Each week, my therapist and I would focus on tackling different habits through cognitive restructuring. She’d challenge me to explore situation exposure to rewire my brain’s neural pathways. I began to see immediate improvements, yet outside of that session, I was still dealing with an abusive boyfriend.

When I went on medication to treat my OCD, my boyfriend was unforgiving about the side effects, such as fatigue, severe migraines and lowered libido. I grew incredibly fatigued and would take naps throughout the day. During these naps, my boyfriend often bombarded me with controlling calls or text messages, questioning who I was secretly with or chastising me for ignoring him.

Over time, my therapist noticed how I would always hesitate before answering her questions about my boyfriend. She also picked up on how I said that I “walked on eggshells” around him. She was the first person in my life to recognize signs of abuse and introduce the concept to me. I am forever grateful for her intervention.

Partners who act abusively often strategically exploit disabilities to flex and maintain control. Hartig had similar experiences with a partner. Hartig’s depression caused him to have pervasive feelings of worthlessness and self-doubt. His partner took advantage of his low self-esteem and began to control not just the relationship, but his life, he said. 

“She told me who I should hang out with, who in my own family wasn’t ‘good for me,’ what to do in my free time,” he recalled. “It was all about control.” 

Since memory loss is a common side effect of depression, Hartig said his partner would use it to manipulate him into questioning his own sanity, an abusive strategy known as gaslighting. 

“I used to take notes on my phone during arguments in case she insisted she or I said something different,” he said. “But I couldn’t even trust what I had written down.” 

Hartig said his partner would tell him that his depression made him “a burden on everyone else,” which only served to compound his symptoms and discourage any thought of leaving the relationship.

Lack of accessible options

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, survivors of domestic violence with disabilities can endure unique forms of abusive behaviors with complicated dynamics, such as:

  • Denying access to mobility or communication aids, food, water or medications
  • Controlling communication by acting as a communicator or caregiver
  • Threatening or harming a service animal
  • Controlling or spending disability and social security benefits

Sometimes, caregivers are the people causing the harm. People with disabilities, like those with abusive partners, are often isolated and dependent on a small circle of friends, family members and other caregivers for critical support.

Even when survivors with disabilities leave an abusive situation, it’s hard for them to find a shelter that can accommodate their needs. Most domestic violence shelters are old buildings that cannot accommodate mobility aids or larger assistive technology. This can make a survivor hesitant to leave a home that is already equipped and adapted to their needs, even if it means staying in an abusive situation.

“There aren’t many grants or funding sources that go into infrastructure building,” said Nicolle Perras, interim executive director of the Los Angeles County Domestic Violence Council. “Even if there were funding, many survivors would be hesitant to give up their shelter spaces for three to six months for renovations since DV shelters are always in high demand.” 

Tatiana Dorman, the director of development at Rainbow Services, a domestic violence agency in San Pedro, shared similar concerns. Their apartment-style shelter has only one apartment accessible to people with mobility impairments, out of 10.

Rainbow Services’ director of legal services, Brenda Magid, and her legal team have helped hundreds of survivors of employment sabotage and economic exploitation. Most of the survivors they serve are low income and do not have a high school diploma, she said. Given California’s rising rent and high living costs, survivors with disabilities often must choose between becoming homeless or staying in an abusive home. For disabled people, securing financial independence can be difficult, due to discrimination in employment and housing, Magid said. In 2021, fewer than 1 in 5 people with disabilities in the U.S. were employed, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. These challenges mean a survivor’s finances and health often continue to suffer long after the abusive relationship ends.

Photo by iStock/kieferpix.

Finding solutions

The California Health Report spoke with several domestic violence and disability rights advocates about what could help address the specific needs of survivors with disabilities. Together, they identified four primary solutions: 

Economic Empowerment

People with disabilities need a greater range of policies and programs that boost their economic and employment opportunities, advocates said. For example, the YWCA of Berkeley/Oakland offers a five-week program that coaches survivors with disabilities on credit scores, savings accounts and financial planning. The campaign incentivizes good financial habits by giving participants a small stipend to kick-start their savings account. “It might not seem like much, but it can mean the world for someone whose abuser had all financial control,” said the YWCA’s executive director, Jennifer Radics-Johnson.

Training for Service Providers

Domestic violence organizations need to better train staff on the systemic discrimination and ableism that disabled survivors face, said advocate Rachel McCallum. Greater awareness among social service staff will lead to faster improvements in accessibility and overall services for disabled survivors, she said. McCallum recommended domestic violence agencies partner with disability rights organizations in their local communities to ensure that survivors can access services.

Access and Shelter

Domestic violence shelters need to invest more in making their spaces accessible to survivors with disabilities, said Tatiana Dorman. This is starting to happen but requires more state and local funding. For example, Rainbow Services ensured that a recent renovation of its emergency shelter complied with laws governing accessibility for people with disabilities. The organization also offers survivors with disabilities the option to stay at a hotel with accessible rooms. 

Disability Justice and Pride

Inextricable from each of these, it is essential to deconstruct ingrained social myths around disabled people. Hartig explained that disabled people are often dismissed as passive, helpless, non-sexual and burdensome. Many individuals and even organizations embrace a curative view, where eradicating or curing the disability takes precedence over creating an accessible world for the disabled.

I encourage people to bring disability into their conversations not just around domestic violence, but in all facets of life. It’s counterproductive to shy away from discussing and learning about disability just because it is uncomfortable. Disability is something many Americans, especially younger people, believe you are born with or will only affect you late in life. However, this is untrue — more than a quarter of 20 year olds will become temporarily or permanently disabled before reaching retirement age.

To center and uplift people with disabilities, we must first understand the ways in which the disabled community has been historically and currently marginalized. We must understand the ways in which the disabled community is more susceptible to abuse and advocate for those with disabilities. As Hartig said, “It’s already so hard living as a disabled person in an ableist and capitalist society, so spreading support, empathy and care is the key to attaining equity.”

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence and are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, contact the National Deaf Domestic Violence Hotline at 855-812-1001 (Voice/VP) for videophone calls or voice phone calls. If you have questions about legal rights related to your disability, contact Disability Rights California at 1-800-776-5746 for referrals and support.

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Quirk-Silva: The Critical Need to Increase Public Restrooms Access in California

Sharon Quirk-Silva, Voice of OC

05 de agosto de 2022

Bathrooms are essential to the daily lives of everyone on the planet. Moreover, as California transitions from pandemic restrictions to “learning to live with Covid,” the ability to access public restrooms and provide opportunities for proper handwashing & hygiene experiences will be a critical part of the State’s public health response.  The 2022 Orange County Point in Time count, the first since the pandemic disrupted plans for the last homeless census, found 5,718 people experiencing homelessness within the County. That large number springs Mahatma Gandhi’s quote to my mind, “The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.” Regardless of political party identification, governmental infrastructure needs to be more responsive to the problems of today before they become compounded obstacles for future generations to inherit in the coming years.

Government entities across the country operate and maintain public restrooms; however, information about the availability and accessibility of public restrooms is rarely published. For example, the city of Chicago does not provide the public an online map of public restrooms nor their operating hours, so The Chicago Tribune newspaper created one. In California, San Diego State University started in 2020 their Project For Sanitation Justice which released a report in March concerning public restrooms in San Diego County. Recent actions by private sector businesses to limit access to their restroom facilities set an unfortunate precedent that does nothing to address the issue at hand – the lack of public restrooms in our state. Additionally, many historically marginalized communities still face discrimination in accessing bathrooms in public accommodations on private property. 

University of Maryland Law Professor, Taunya Lovell Banks writes in their 2020 Seton Hall Law Review article, The Disappearing Public Toilet , “But it is hard to develop effective policies if you have no idea about the availability of public toilets. Thus, at the very least, state and local governments need to mandate periodic toilet surveys and express a commitment to improving access to public toilets for all.” To that end, I have introduced legislation that could begin the process of providing better access to restroom facility locations through sensible action.  AB 1883 would require the California Department of Health Services to assemble and publish a database of all public restrooms in California.  This will ensure that people who must access bathrooms more frequently than the general population, such as seniors, pregnant women, children, and people with particular disabilities may readily do so.  In addition, this policy will provide unhoused individuals with the information necessary to allow them to relieve themselves with dignity and help alleviate some of the pressure that private sector businesses have faced over the years to provide our communities with basic sanitation infrastructure necessary to ensure the public’s health.

The bill is a critical first step by the state, supported by empirical data, in ensuring equitable access to public restrooms for all.  For the sake of our communities, let us hope that AB 1883 is passed by the legislature and signed by Governor Newsom.  It is the decent, and right, thing to do for the people of California.

Sharon Quirk-Silva, California Assembly Member, 65th District

Opinions expressed in community opinion pieces belong to the authors and not Voice of OC.

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Food stamp work requirements increase mental health care use

‘These work requirements harm people with no measurable benefit to the economy’

Kristin Samuelson, Northwestern Now

28 de julio de 2022

This is the first study to examine how work requirements associated with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — sometimes referred to as food stamps — affect mental health.

Being exposed to work requirements in order to receive nutrition benefits from the U.S. government significantly increased use of mental health care resources for depression and anxiety, a new Northwestern University study has found. The policy’s negative effects occurred much sooner for women than men.

This is the first study to examine how work requirements associated with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — sometimes referred to as food stamps — affect mental health.

SNAP improves food security, health and economic wellbeing for low-income individuals and families and is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service.

“We’ve known for a while that food insecurity is associated with poor mental health outcomes because of the fear, stigma, depression, anxiety and stress around it,” said corresponding author Lindsey Allen, assistant professor of emergency medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “So it’s no wonder peoples’ stress increased when they realized they were going to lose their access to food unless they met these requirements.”  

Health care visits rise after SNAP

While SNAP work requirements are federally mandated, states can get exemptions for counties where economic opportunities are scarce. With rising employment rates and job availability over the past decade, these waivers are being eliminated, exposing hundreds of thousands of SNAP enrollees to the requirements.   

In 2016, West Virginia introduced these work requirements in a pilot program for nine counties. The scientists analyzed West Virginia’s Medicaid claims data to assess whether health care visits for depression and anxiety changed after residents in the treatment counties were exposed to SNAP work requirements. The study sample included individuals aged 18 to 49 who were enrolled in both SNAP and Medicaid at the start of the study. 

26 and 12

For women, work requirements increased visits for depression and anxiety by 26% and 12%, respectively.

The study found being exposed to work requirements worsened depression and anxiety among those who lived in the nine pilot counties.

For women, work requirements increased visits for depression and anxiety by 26% and 12%, respectively. Visits also increased for men, but at a slower rate than for women. The difference in timing could be due to the larger role women play in managing family feeding, making them more immediately vulnerable to consequences of food insecurity, Allen said. 

Doing more harm than good?

The study adds to a growing body of recent evidence that SNAP work requirements do not improve employment rates — their intended outcome — but do reduce SNAP participation, especially among vulnerable groups such as those with no income, the unhoused and those living in rural areas.

“So essentially, these work requirements harm people with no measurable benefit to the economy,” Allen said.

Policy makers and future researchers should seek to better understand these tradeoffs when considering the net impact of SNAP work requirement policies on an already-marginalized population, Allen said.

The study was published July 28 in the journal Health Services Research.

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Samuelson, K. (2022). Food stamp work requirements increase mental health care use. Northwestern Now. Recuperado el 07 de agosto de 2022, de https://news.northwestern.edu/stories/2022/07/food-stamp-work-requirements-increase-mental-health-care-use/

Salud asegura que personas postradas se han vacunado, pero estados reclaman falta de estrategia

Hay entidades como Estado de México y Jalisco donde no se ha hecho la vacunación a personas con problemas de movilidad, salvo en algunos municipios.

Andrea Vega (@EAndreaVega), Animal Político

20 de mayo de 2021

Cuartoscuro

Hugo López Gatell, subsecretario de Salud, aseguró en la conferencia de prensa de este miércoles 19 de mayo que sí hay una estrategia, de la que es responsable la federación, para vacunar a las personas postradas en todos los estados del país. Sin embargo, Animal Político ha documentado que al menos en el Estado de México y Jalisco hay personas mayores de 60 años que no se pueden mover que siguen sin vacuna.

Ante la pregunta de este medio de cuál es la estrategia para vacunar a las personas postradas y por qué hay estados donde no se les ha inmunizado, el funcionario aseguró que “no hay ninguna razón para que personas postradas sean distinguidas de manera específica para que venga después su vacunación”.

Y agregó: “simultáneamente, conforme ha ocurrido la vacunación en todas las entidades federativas se ha vacunado a personas, afortunadamente la gran mayoría, que no tienen problemas de movilidad, pero también se ha incluido a las personas con problemas de movilidad”.

Cuando este medio le enfatizó que en el Estado de México y Jalisco no se les ha inmunizado, el subsecretario contestó “Tráiganos evidencia. Dónde, cuándo, en qué municipios. ¿Dónde está la prueba de que no se ha vacunado a personas en estado de postración? Cuando tenemos perfectamente documentada la operación de campo de que se ha vacunado a personas postradas”.

Después aseguró que si una persona en esta condición se ha quedado sin vacuna, “es muy importante que tengamos claro que es anormal que no se haya vacunado, debe haber una razón”.

Desde el 19 de abril, Animal Político preguntó al gobierno del Estado de México, a través de su oficina de comunicación social, cuál era la estrategia en esta entidad para vacunar a las personas postradas y por qué no se les estaba inmunizando.

La respuesta, a través de una tarjeta informativa, fue que el Estado de México se está alineado a la política nacional establecida en el Plan Nacional de Vacunación. Aún la federación no establece el mecanismo de vacunación para personas que por alguna situación están incapacitadas para movilizarse. Estamos a la espera que la federación establezca la logística para determinados grupos de población, como es el caso”.

Después de esa respuesta y de la publicación de una primera nota sobre el tema, este portal ha cuestionado en varias ocasiones al gobierno del Estado de México sobre si ya está en marcha la estrategia, la última respuesta, de este miércoles 19 de mayo, fue que no había ninguna instrucción.

Animal Político tiene documentados, al menos dos casos de personas postradas mayores de 60 años, que viven en el municipio de Tlalnepantla, Estado de México, que están sin vacuna.

La primera es la señora Silvia Valerio Betancourt, de 68 años, quien hace dos años sufrió un infarto cerebral que la dejó con medio cuerpo paralizado. La señora pesa 100 kilos y utiliza oxígeno suplementario. Para moverla hace falta una ambulancia. Ella vive en la colonia La Loma, municipio de Tlalnepantla.

La familia de la señora Silvia ya la registró, desde hace semanas, en el portal de Mi Vacuna, donde se específico que es una persona que no puede moverse para ir a los módulos de vacunación.

También llamaron a Locatel y a la Línea COVID del Estado de México, donde les confirmaron que en la entidad no hay estrategia para vacunar a las personas adultas mayores postradas. Solo hubo vacunación para ellas en el municipio de Naucalpan.

El señor Román Cruz, que vive en la colonia Loma Bonita, en el municipio de Tlalnepantla también sigue a la espera de que vayan a vacunarlo. El señor tiene 95 años y una fractura que nunca soldó.

“Lo operaron, pero como ya es muy grande, sus huesos están porosos, así que el hueso no le soldó, con poco que recargue el pie tiene riesgo de cortarse una arteria o un nervio”, explicó su hija Lourdes Cruz, quien ha preguntado hasta en los bomberos de Tlalnepantla cómo hacer para que vayan a vacunar a su papá, pero nadie le da razón.

En el caso de Jalisco, este portal también preguntó a la Secretaría de Salud, a través de su oficina de comunicación, y la última respuesta, de este 19 de mayo, fue que ya había iniciado la vacunación a personas postradas, pero solo en asilosAnimal Político también preguntó por este tema a la delegación estatal de programas de Bienestar. La respuesta fue que avisarían en cuanto arrancara. No se ha recibido aviso alguno al respecto.

También se le preguntó a la Secretaría de Salud federal, a través del equipo de comunicación, cuál era la estrategia para inmunizar a las personas postradas y por qué había estados donde no se les había vacunado. La respuesta, como en otras ocasiones, fue que se le hiciera la pregunta al subsecretario de salud en la conferencia vespertina.

Este medio recibió, este miércoles por la noche, el caso de una mujer que vive en la alcaldía de Coyoacán, en la Ciudad de México, donde supuestamente sí se ha desplegado una estrategia para vacunar a las personas postradas, que no se puede mover y sigue sin inmunización.

La señora Aurelia García, mayor de 90 años, camina con mucha dificultad, su cuerpo ya está tan frágil que después de unos pasos se va de lado. Ella vive en un segundo piso y no puede bajar las escaleras. La adulta mayor dijo que solo se vacunaría si iban a su casa a vacunarla, dada su condición.

La familia ya la registró en Mi Vacuna y ha llamado a Locatel, donde en cinco ocasiones, desde marzo, les han dicho que irán a vacunarla en breve. Siguen esperando.

Al terminar la conferencia, Animal Político volvió a insistirle al subsecretario sobre la falta de estrategia para vacunar a las personas postradas en Estado de México y Jalisco. Su respuesta otra vez fue, “dígame cuántos (están sin vacuna)”,  “dígame usted”, se le reviró, ante lo que el funcionario terminó admitiendo que no hay un registro, porque no se hace la distinción entre personas postradas y quiénes no tienen problemas de movilidad.

Minutos más tarde, López Gatell tuiteó: “durante el proceso de vacunación contra COVID-19 las dosis se aplican a todas y todos, según la etapa que corresponda, sin distinción alguna. Las personas con dificultades de movilidad física deben recibir la visita de las bridadas para ser vacunadas. Nadie se quedará atrás”.

Entre las respuestas a su tuit está la de Alejandro Vázquez que dice: “mi papa en Edomex no ha sido vacunado, se registró a tiempo y solo han llamado para decir que no tienen vacunas, tienen un número de vacunamovil que nadie contesta”.

Otra usuaria, identificada como Marce, le respondió: “A mi mamá, mujer de 90 años, no se la han aplicado; se ha registrado tres veces en Locatel. No puede salir de casa. Por favor, deje de mentir”.

“A mis padres de 92 y 91 años que están postrados no los vacunaron en el municipio de Tlalnepantla, a qué números me comunico, en los números de Mi Vacuna lo reporté y nunca me llamaron. Su apoyo urgente, por favor”, le respondió el usuario identificado como EriK G.

Sol Gallegos le respondió: “a mi mamá no la han visitado y vinieron a censarla y vieron que no se puede mover…siento que nos engañaron”.

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“El presente artículo es propiedad de Animal Político

Vega, A. (2021). Salud asegura que personas postradas se han vacunado, pero estados reclaman falta de estrategia. Animal Político. Recuperado el 21 de mayo de 2021, de https://www.animalpolitico.com/2021/05/sin-vacuna-personas-postradas-estados-salud-plan-vacunacion/