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The U.S. spends more money on medical care than any other industrialized country, but faces an epidemic of sub-standard care with an estimated 98,000 hospital deaths annually from preventable errors.
From Rx for Reform
An Insurance Policy for Health Care Reform
NCHC Action Fund President and CEO, Ralph G. Neas, calls for an insurance policy for health care reform.
Noting that last spring, leaders of the health care industry, including representatives from PhARMA, America’s Health Insurance Plans, the American Medical Association and American Hospital Association, met with President Obama and pledged to him and the American people that they would decrease the annual rate of cost increases by 1.5 percentage points to save $2 trillion or more over the next decade. Neas said the commitment that industry leaders made to the President and the American public “should be more than a photo op, press statement and promise.” Citing Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus’ piece about legislative cost containment efforts and needing a fail-safe mechanism to ensure that the rate of health care inflation is slowed, Neas urged that industry pledges to the President and the American people to control the growth of national health expenditures be codified and made enforceable as part of health reform.
“Only enactment of a “failsafe” amendment will provide the American people with an insurance policy that health care reform will lower premiums and make quality care and coverage affordable for all,” he said.
Containing Costs and Avoiding Tax Increases While Improving Quality: Affordable Coverage and High Value Care
The National Coalition on Health Care’s recommendations, based upon the consensus view of 85 member organizations, to make the system less complex, reduce overly high prices, and create a truly competitive health care marketplace. The goal of the paper is to augment the NCHC Principles and Specifications with a more detailed and selective set of policy recommendations on cost containment and quality improvement.
From Facts & Research
Cost Containment: The Key to Accessible, Affordable, High-Quality Health Care
Cost Containment: The Key to Accessible, Affordable, High-Quality Health Care, a factsheet created by National Coalition on Health Care, discusses the importance of cost containment to all patients.
Cost, Quality & Safety, Vulnerable Populations
New Website to Provide Health Reform Information to Consumers
The Health Care and You Coalition will be launching its new consumer-focused website Tuesday, March 1, 2011. The website will be a tool for consumers to learn more about the health care law.
Coverage, Innovation, Quality & Safety, Simplified Administration
Secretaries of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury Highlight ACA Benefits
On January 5, 2011, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius of the Department of Health and Human Services, Secretary Hilda Solis of the Department of Labor, and Secretary Timothy Geithner of the Department of the Treasury sent a letter to Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to detail some of the benefits of the Affordable Care Act in response to efforts to repeal the law.
Cost, Coverage, Delivery System Reforms, Insurance, Policy Implementation, Prevention & Wellness, Quality & Safety
- Delivery System Reforms
- Drug and Device Cost Containment
- Economic Impacts
- Faith-Based Initiatives
- Health IT
- Policy Implementation
- Prevention & Wellness
- Quality & Safety
- Simplified Administration
- Vulnerable Populations
- Workforce Reforms/ Human Capital
Almost half of all uninsured young adults with a chronic condition reported that their condition worsened during the previous 12 months due to lack of care.