Health Care for All 2009 “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” -Martin Luther King, Jr. We spend twice as much as the rest of the industrialized world on health care
Health Care for All
“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”-Martin Luther King, Jr.
We spend twice as much as the rest of the industrialized world on health care
Yet 46 million Americans lack health insurance, 8 million of whom are children
Millions more are underinsured
As our economy worsens, things will only get worse
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
The Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) provides health coverage to 4.1 million more low- and moderate-income children
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) increased federal funds for Medicaid to help states maintain health coverage during the recession
The House of Representatives passed the “Affordable Health Care for America Act” (H.R.3962), 220-215 on November 7, 2009.
Read AARP’s endorsement of this bill
The Senate has begun debate on the ”Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” bill which merged the two Senate Committee bills.
The Senate and House bills will be the sent to a Conference Committee to create one bill. That bill must be voted on again by both chambers.
Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation website for up-to-date reports
Medicaid and Health Reform
CHCs comprise the nation’s largest primary care system with 1,100 facilities serving 19 million people
Anyone can seek care at a CHC but most cared for are uninsured or on Medicaid
CHCs primarily serve lower income and minority communities
70 percent of patients have incomes below 100% FPL
Learn which CHCs are near you at the Health Resources and Services Administration locator
Health Centers and Health Reform
RESULTS has endorsed a national health insurance program as our long term goal for U.S. health care
A national health program, or "single-payer" health care, is a system in which a single public or quasi-public agency organizes health financing, but delivery of care remains largely private
In the U.S., Medicare is a single-payer system in that private doctors and hospitals deliver care to patients but the bills are paid by the government, not private insurers
Single-Payer and Health Reform
Federal nutrition programs help feed children in low-income families
12.4 million children lived in households that were food insecure in 2007 (USDA)
Both poverty and food insecurity are much higher for Hispanic and African-American households
Moderate under-nutrition can have lasting effects on cognitive development of children
Child Nutrition Reauthorization has been postponed until 2010
School Breakfast and Lunch
Special Nutrition for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
the Summer Food Service Program, and
the Child and Adult Care Feeding Program (CACFP
President Obama’s proposed budget would increase total funding for child nutrition by $2.7 billion in FY 2010