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Nisha Agarwal

Blog Entries by Nisha Agarwal

Acknowledging Difference, Not Defeat: A Racial Justice Perspective on the Medicaid Debate

Posted July 26, 2011 | 10:20:07 (EST)

The federal Medicaid program has become something of a policy piñata in the national discourse. Over the course of the past year conservatives have been asking, "is Medicaid real health insurance?" The public insurance program for low-income individuals has been criticized for not providing sufficient access to physicians,...

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The Hypocrite's Oath: Latino Immigrants and Health Access in the Hamptons

Posted September 10, 2010 | 10:26:03 (EST)

Like many New Yorkers did this summer, I boarded a Hampton Jitney from the east side of Manhattan in late August and made my way to the finger tips of Long Island. Instead of landing on the beach, however, I found myself in the crowded office of a small community-based...

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Fighting to Make Health Equality a Reality

Posted April 20, 2010 | 07:05:04 (EST)

Saturday morning, April 17, the auditorium of Junior High School 22 in the Bronx was crowded with community residents who had gathered for a town hall meeting. Health care reform had passed, but these folks knew that their problems were not over. Ensuring that most Americans have health insurance, while...

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Also About Us: South Asians and Civil Rights

Posted March 5, 2010 | 09:19:43 (EST)

Every year, the South Asian Bar Association of New York (SABANY) awards fellowships to law students who will be pursuing unpaid summer internships in the public interest. The fellowship winners are recognized at a reception, where an experienced South Asian public interest attorney speaks about a current social justice...

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This Bridge Called My Back: A Retro Look at Women of Color and Power

Posted January 11, 2010 | 07:17:24 (EST)

When it was published in 1981, This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color was a vermilion ink bloom on the crisp white wedding dress of the U.S. feminist movement. It was meant to be shocking. This anthology of prose and poetry by Black, Latina,...

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Reading Between the Lines: Kids of Color; Mental Health Care

Posted December 14, 2009 | 09:27:02 (EST)


This weekend the New York Times reported on a new study, which finds that kids on Medicaid are four times more likely to be prescribed antipsychotic drugs than their privately insured counterparts, and often for conditions for which the drugs are...

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