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Legislative Update

Legislative Update

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  1. Legislative Update

  2. “We have a sick health care system, not a well health care system” - Senator Tom Harkin-D (Iowa) • “We spend 3 cents on every dollar for wellness and prevention” • “We spend 2 trillion on healthcare, more than any other country, yet we rank 37th in quality healthcare in the world”

  3. wellness and prevention public health committeeexpenditures • 600 million workforce shortages (scholarship/loans/training programs) • 5 billion in IT for electronic records • 1 billion CHC’s • 5.8 billion for communities to do health screenings/trainings/education

  4. “the house tends to be made up of a more urban mix, and the Senate tends to be a more rural mix” - Chairman Pete Stark (Ways and Means Committee on Healthcare) • “11 million children will be eligible for the CHIP program once the new bill passes” • “More children will become eligible as the recession grows”

  5. UNSUSTAINABLE COST INCREASE • The White House report said healthcare spending, which currently accounts for about 18 percent of the country's economic output, could reach 34 percent by 2040 if the current rate of cost growth continues.

  6. Obama’s Health Reform Plan • Help Boost economy • Better healthcare systems • Lower unemployment rate • Make businesses more competitive

  7. Transforming and Modernizing America’s Health Care System • Guarantee Choice • Provide Americans a choice of health plans and physicians (people will be allowed to keep their own doctor and employer-based health plan). • Make Health Coverage Affordable • Reduce waste and fraud, high administrative costs, unnecessary tests and services, and other inefficiencies that drive up costs with no added health benefits. • Protect Families’ Financial Health • Reduce the growing premiums and other costs American citizens and businesses pay for health care (people must be protected from bankruptcy due to catastrophic illness).

  8. Transforming and Modernizing America’s Health Care System • Invest in Prevention and Wellness • Invest in public health measures proven to reduce cost drivers in our system (obesity, sedentary lifestyles, and smoking) as well as guarantee access to proven preventive treatments. • Provide Portable Coverage • People should not be locked into their job just to secure health coverage, and no American should be denied coverage because of preexisting conditions. • Aim for Universality • Put the United States on a clear path to cover all Americans.

  9. Transforming and Modernizing America’s Health Care System • Improve Patient Safety and Quality Care • Ensure the implementation of proven patient safety measures and provide incentives for changes in the delivery system to reduce unnecessary variability in patient care. Support the widespread use of health information technology with rigorous privacy protections and the development of data on the effectiveness of medical interventions to improve the quality of care delivered. • Maintain Long-Term Fiscal Sustainability • The plan must pay for itself by reducing the level of cost growth, improving productivity, and dedicating additional sources of revenue.

  10. Health Reform • Most working Americans with health insurance get it through their employers • Rising costs have increased insurance premiums and cut into workers’ wages • Reform that reins in costs would improve economic efficiency and boost economic output by more than 2 percent in 2020 and by 8 percent in 2030

  11. Health Reform • Providing medical coverage to the uninsured will also help the economy by improving the overall well-being of the work force -- providing a net benefit to the economy of about $100 billion a year • Without the overhaul, the number of uninsured Americans would rise to about 72 million in 2040

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