Executive Office of the President

Government Workers Should Share in the Suffering

The Federal Government continues to grow, even while the bad economy causes layoffs, furloughs, foreclosures, etc. for many individuals, the private sector, and state governments. Federal government workers should share in (i.e., "redistribute") the Nation's suffering by facing (at the very least) across the board loss of cost of living increases and modest pay cuts of 5 to 10 percent (tied to the unemployment rate). ...more »

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Department of Justice

Inmate Work Requirements

Prisoners should have to work off their incarceration expenses: room and board, meals, clothing/laundry, electricity, heating/cooling, water for showers, waste disposal costs, health care, etc. No more free rides for having broken the law. In addition, hourly work load is based on a system that considers several factors: criminal record (each subsequent incarceration results in more work hours,) degree of crime committed ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Cost-effective collaborative research between VA and DoD

I suggest that the creation of a mechanism that would allow for more efficient and effective collaboration between the VA and DoD for health care and epidemiologic endeavors would save tens of millions of dollars in research cost in the immediate future, and that the outcomes of these collaborations would ultimately lead to efficacious and cost-effective treatments that could be applied across a wide range of health care ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Reduce health care coding errors

Improve and ensure clear labeling of health provider services rendered when submitted to Health Insurers. Frequently, services are rejected by health insurers because the provider goofed and coded the service wrong. Patients often get billed for a service the health insurer should pay. Additionally, patients spend extra time as well as health service providers and health insurers in doing over and over until it is ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Right-sizing doorways at the VA

I suggest widening the doorways to accommodate the wider wheelchairs that are now common at the VA. There are many large wheelchairs to accommodate our larger patient population but the doorways to the exam rooms and treatment areas were not enlarged to facilitate entering the rooms with these larger devices. Many times I have to stop what I am doing to find a smaller or narrower wheelchair to transfer a patient into ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Use Closed-Circuit TV Programming to Provide Health Education to Veterans in VA Clinic Waiting Areas

VA clinics should consider using educational programming through closed-circuit TV in waiting rooms to promote healthy lifestyle changes in Veterans and to Inform Veterans about VA Benefits. VA can provide educational programming through closed-circuit TV in all VA Clinic waiting rooms to provide health education, increase health literacy, and to inform Veterans about VA Benefits. Topics should include but not limited ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Health care option to keep funds in government coffers!

VA employees and their families should be given the option to use their Federal Employee Health Benefit to receive health care services at VA medical facilities. I believe this would allow funds to stay within the Federal government coffers. VA medical facilities would also receive our co-payments. My husband died in 2007 after a vehicular accident, which caused traumatic brain injury. VA has cutting edge treatment ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Welfare Receipt Requirements

I suggest that anyone receiving welfare benefits must receive a physical, mental, vision, and dental exams. Many people applying for welfare can't work due to physical and mental ailments that they may not even be aware of (e.g. depression). These exams would ensure they are physically able and fit to perform work. If medication or some treatment is required to alleviate the condition, the individual will be required ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Health Care options

The current health care options were initially created in 1958 and I think that the current times and economic conditions strongly suggest that it needs to be updated. Using my current HMO as an example, I have only 2 options to choose from. “Self” or “Self and Family”. Here is my suggestion, create a third option, “Self plus One”. Since I am married, I want my spouse covered, so I’m paying the very expensive Self ...more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Health Care Savings

If group health insurance policies dispense better rates, then why does the federal government purchase plans in such small numbers? Grouping federal agencies health plans together would save the government, and it's employees, untold money.

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Legislative Branch

Government benefits

I suggest that the members of Congress and the Senate both fall under the same health plan and Social Security that they have voted in for the American public. This would result in a cost savings of millions of dollars to the American people.

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Department of Health and Human Services

Health Care Coverage for Holistic/Alternative Medical Treatments

With the ever increasing need for and actual implementation of a "green" and healthy Earth. An Earth rich with the use of natural material among its inhabitants is an incredible dream. A dream that is slowly yet surely making its way from the mind of people to the heart of people and into their homes. With that being said, we cannot forget to ensure that not only is our Earth healthy, but the people of the Earth as well. ...more »

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Executive Office of the President

Create Department of Volunteer Service - Solves Problems While Saving Millions

We need a national clarion call to mobilize volunteerism to solve our nation’s most challenging problems and to maximize our citizenry engagement – whether the challenges are local, regional, national or international. We can do this without adding to the national debt and in fact can create immediate cost savings without reinventing the wheel – we do so by calling a new generation of Americans and all generations to ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Consolidate Health Care Plans

I used to think that government employees had the best health care until I compared what I used to get in the private industry for a lot less money. I think we can realize tremendous savings while increasing the quality of our health insurance if we consolidate plans where it makes sense. For instance, in New Jersey we have several plans that have the same network and provide the same services. However, both plans charge ...more »

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