Ilisa Halpern Paul


Greater Access to Long-Term-Care: A Call from the Panini Generation

As I was recently arranging care for my ailing father-in-law, a friend texted me that I was in the “sandwich generation.”  I texted back “No, that doesn’t quite capture it.  A sandwich can be light and fluffy – it is more like a panini – hot pressure squeezing on both sides.”  She replied: “Ha! You said […]

We Can Spend Our Way Out Of the Opioid Crisis

  Few issues have received as much bipartisan consensus in this Congress as the prescription opioid and heroin crisis. The House recently passed a package of 18 bills addressing a range of provisions, including opioid prescribing, medication-assisted treatment and access to the overdose reversal medication naloxone. These bills now move to a conference committee with […]

Remembering Dale Bumpers – From a Senate Gone By

When I learned of former Arkansas Gov. and U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers’ passing my heart grew heavy and my eyes filled with tears. My twin 8-year-old sons gave me hugs and wanted to know who he was and why I was sad. I did not have the honor of working for Dale when he served […]

Preventing Diabetes Through Proven-Effective Programs and Bipartisan Policy

November:  College football, falling temperatures and leaves, my mother’s birthday, Thanksgiving, holiday shopping, American Diabetes Month. Diabetes affects nearly 30 million Americans, among them my mother-in-law, my cousin’s tween-age daughter, and NASCAR Driver Ryan Reed. Throughout American Diabetes Month, the American Diabetes Association has engaged in a variety of activities to generate greater attention to […]

Beyond Pink Ribbons: Fighting Flu During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

What do pink ribbons and flu shots have in common? Laura Harbour Scott. In March, wife, mother, public health advocate, and all around amazing woman Laura Harbour Scott passed away from metastatic breast cancer. She was 38. She left behind her husband – and my long-time dear colleague – Jeremy Scott, and their two incredible […]

Giving a Bipartisan Voice to Ovarian Cancer

Miss USA. Barack Obama. NASCAR Driver Martin Truex Jr.’s longtime girlfriend, Sherry Pollex. Oscar-winner Kathy Bates. Pierce Brosnan. The wife of the man who set my parents up on a blind date 50 years ago. Representative Sean Duffy (R-Wis.). Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn). The list of those diagnosed with – and otherwise touched by – […]

In the Shark Tank: Technologies to Achieve the Triple Aim in Global Health

The “Triple Aim” in domestic health care has been defined as improving outcomes, reducing costs, and enhancing the patient experience and the functioning of the health care system. The “Triple Aim” in global health is comprised of policies, programs, and innovations that save lives, improve global security, and promote economic growth. From September 25th-27th, the […]

Time for Congress to Fix Discriminatory Chemotherapy Payment Policy for Patients

Given the statistics, each of us knows someone whose life has been touched by cancer. This year, an estimated 1.6 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer. While many advanced and potentially life-saving treatments for cancer exist, unfortunately, many of them often are out-of-reach for patients due to cost discrimination and unreasonable insurance payment policies. Yet, if a group of […]

Three Ways HHS Secretary Burwell Can Prevent Loss of Life to Overdose

This morning, wedged between the final Supreme Court announcements of the year and the 4th of July holiday, a dedicated group of 40 advocates from across the country will be walking the halls of Congress calling for greater federal response to the opioid overdose epidemic. Parents, public health advocates, individuals in recovery, and others dedicated […]

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