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Making the Case for Health Insurance Reform

The Nurses’ Perspective

ANA: On the Frontlines of Health Insurance Reform

In Nurses’ Own Words…

“It is incomprehensible to me that in the United States there are two standards of care – one for those with comprehensive health insurance coverage, and another for those who are under insured or lack insurance.” – Keisha Walker, RN, MSN

Senior Research Nurse, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

In Nurses’ Own Words…

“I have patients every day who must decide whether to purchase medications or eat.” -- Linda McIntosh, RN, MSN, APN

Family Nurse Practitioner, Des Arc, AR

ANA’s Belief

Quality, affordable health care is not a privilege, but a basic human right.

Goals of Health Insurance Reform

  • Bring Stability and Improved Care to Americans by offering new consumer protections

  • Reduce Costs to make health care affordable

  • Protect a Patient’s Choice of Providers, hospitals and insurance plans

  • Assure Quality, Affordable Health Care for all patients

Today’s Current System

  • Under current system, around half of all Americans under 65 will lose their health coverage at some point over the next ten years.**

  • In the last 12 months, six million more Americans lost their health insurance. *

  • Harvard researchers found that 62% of all U.S. personal bankruptcies were caused by health problems – 78% of those had insurance.

Top Reasons to Support Health Care Reform

  • Ends Discrimination for Pre-existing Conditions

  • Ends Exorbitant Out-of-Pocket Expenses, Deductibles or Co-pays

  • Ends Cost-Sharing for Preventive Care

  • Ends Dropping of Coverage for Seriously Ill.

Top Reasons for Health Care Reform (con’td.)

  • Ends Gender Discrimination.

  • Ends Annual or Lifetime Caps on Coverage

  • Extends Coverage for Young Adults

  • Guarantees Insurance Renewal.

Why ANA Supports Public Plan Option

  • Broader choice for patients

  • Increase affordability

  • Foster marketplace competition

  • Ensure access to services.

Health Insurance Reform and Nursing Workforce:

Coverage does not equal access.

The supply of nurses must be sufficient in order for health insurance reform to be successful.

Take Action Now!

  • /healthcare

  • Join ANA’s Health Care Reform Team

  • Share Your Story

  • Write Your Member of Congress

  • Health Care Reform Toolkit

    • Myth vs. Fact of HCR Legislation

    • Reasons to Support HCR

    • Status of HCR Legislation in Congress

Take Action Now!

  • Media Outreach: Make your voices heard -- Visit ANA*Net for health care reform press release template, pitch letter and media tips.

  • Contact ANA’s CMA Media Relations Helpdesk at (301) 628-5038 for help.

Nurses Make A Difference…

“Do your part -- nurses, you guys have a lot of credibility; you touch a lot of people's lives; people trust you -- if you're out there saying it's time for us to act…America will finally join the ranks of every other advanced nation by providing quality, affordable health insurance to all of its citizens.”

-- President BarackObama , addressing nurses after being introduced by ANA’s President Patton, September 10, 2009

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