Daily Archives: February 2, 2004
Institutional costs are eligible for Medicaid reimbursement to states. Home services aren’t. I wrote awhile ago about activists pushing the Medicaid Community Attendant Services Act in Congress. That bill proposes that in-home services be covered by Medicaid – not just by a “waiver” program the state may, or may not, choose to offer. But this bill has gone nowhere.
Another villain, say activists, are the nurse practice acts in force today in most states. Toby Olson explains nurse practice act this way: “They carve out a range of activists and say, ‘if a person is going to do this for pay, it’s going to be a nurse.’ Period.” Olson heads Washington state’s Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment.
Together, the brain and spinal cord make up the Central Nervous System. They are covered by three layers of membranes called meninges and bathed in protective Cerebrospinal Fluid, which acts as a “shock absorber” to help prevent injury.
The largest part of the brain is comprised of the cerebrum, which is split into right and left hemispheres. The cerebrum controls voluntary actions, thought, speech, and memory. Most mammals have a relatively small cerebrum, but in humans it makes up most of the brain. This allows us to perform much more complicated actions than other species can.
It fits snugly within the skull, hidden from view inside of the top half of the head. Its grayish-pink bulges and grooves and fluid-filled channels and cavities are made up of billions of continuously interacting cells. Three layers of membranes completely cover its surface, which is bathed in protective fluid. Soft and delicate, it is so important to human existence that it is housed in a hard case of bone. Despite the infinite number of very simple to extremely complex actions it performs and commands, it weighs less than 3 pounds.
What is it? The brain – the most vital organ to our being and the one that makes us who we are.
A spinal cord tumor is a benign or cancerous growth in the spinal cord, between the membranes covering the spinal cord, or in the spinal canal. A tumor in this location can compress the spinal cord or its nerve roots; therefore, even a noncancerous growth can be disabling unless properly treated.