Health Care for All 2010 Making History Today after almost a century of trying, today after over a year of debate, today after all the votes have been tallied, health insurance reform becomes law in the United States of America.
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Health Care for All
Today after almost a century of trying, today after over a year of debate, today after all the votes have been tallied, health insurance reform becomes law in the United States of America.
— President Barack Obama, March 23, 2010, signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law
Strengthen and expand Medicaid
Increase access to primary care for underserved communities through a larger and better supported community health center network
Create a strong, non-profit, public health insurance plan as an option for people to choose.
Build support for a National Health Program (a.k.a. single-payer system) as the long-term vision for U.S. health care
Support efforts to end childhood hunger in the United States through investments in child nutrition programs
RESULTS activists were often the only citizen advocates in our communities pushing Congress to expand coverage and access for people living in poverty
RESULTS activists made over 1300 contacts to congressional offices
RESULTS activists lobbied 55 members of Congress face-to-face
RESULTS activists got at least 68 pieces of media published
RESULTS activists engaged over2000 other people in our 2009-10 health reform efforts
Medicaid strengthened and expanded
Expanded access through community health centers
Built support for National Health Program
Enacted a Public Health Insurance Option
Invested in child nutrition programs
On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Senate’s Patient Protection and Affordable Health Act into law
On March 25, 2010, President Obama signed H.R.4872, the Reconciliation Act of 2010, which amends and improves the bill
Overall the law will:
Cover 32 million uninsured persons
Prevent insurance companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions or dropping coverage when someone gets sick
Set up regulated “insurance exchanges” to help people obtain coverage
Provide subsidies to lower-income people to buy coverage
Close the Medicare prescription drug “donut hole”
Require Americans to purchase health insurance beginning in 2014
RESULTS remains committed to a national health program as our long-term vision for U.S. health care
Fight to preserve improvements to Medicaid and CHCs in health reform
Example: Recent Medicaid funding to states in jobs bill is in jeopardy
Without another six-month increase in “FMAP”, states will cut back Medicaid benefits and state jobs
Support efforts to educate the public about the benefits of reform and implementation; push back against efforts to repeal it in Congress
Support good health for children through Child Nutrition Reauthorization
Nearly one in every four children in the U.S. lived in food insecure households in 2008 (22.5 percent of all children), up from 16.9 percent in 2007 (USDA)
Moderate under-nutrition can have lasting effects on cognitive development of children
Federal nutrition programs help feed children in low-income families
Child Nutrition Reauthorization includes:
School Breakfast and Lunch
Special Nutrition for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Summer Food Service Program, and
the Child and Adult Care Feeding Program (CACFP)
President Obama has proposed ending childhood hunger in the U.S. by 2015 and his FY2011 budget calls for $10 billion in new funding for CN programs over the next ten years
Engage: President Obama has vowed to end childhood hunger in the U.S. by 2015. That’s a good thing because the problem is only getting worse.
Problem: In 2008, nearly one in every four American children lived in food insecure households.
Inform: Fortunately, Congress can do something about it this year. Child nutrition programs, like the school lunch program and WIC, are up for reauthorization in 2010. These programs help provide children around the country with nutritious food that is essential to their health and development. President Obama has requested a $10 billion increase in funding for these programs over the next ten years; this investment will provide a firm foundation to achieving his goal of eradicating childhood hunger.
Call to Action (House): Will you work with House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller (D-CA-7) and Ranking Member John Kline (R-MN-2), as well as House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sander Levin (D-MI-12) and Ranking Member Dave Camp (D-MI-4) to secure $10 billion in new funding for child nutrition programs over the next ten years? This money will help provide critical resources to meet the needs of hungry children across the nation.
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Call to Action (Senate): Will you work with Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and Ranking Member Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), as well as Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-IA) to secure $10 billion in new funding for child nutrition programs over the next ten years? This money will help provide critical resources to meet the needs of hungry children across the nation.
Thank you for your time.