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ACP releases framework for policies enabling access to affordable health insurance coverage
Date:5/29/2008

Washington A framework for policies that would enable all Americans to have access to affordable health insurance coverage was released today by the American College of Physicians (ACP). The updated position paper, Achieving Affordable Health Insurance Coverage for All Within Seven Years: A Proposal From Americas Internists, Updated 2008, is based on a 2002 College position paper.

ACP reviewed the key reforms recommended in the 2002 paper and said they remain, with some revisions, a viable approach to making health insurance coverage available to all Americans. The paper emphasized ACPs belief that reforms to expand coverage should be done in concert with changes in health care financing and delivery to improve outcomes and efficiency of care.

Expanding health insurance coverage to all Americans is a moral imperative, said Jeffrey Harris, MD, FACP, president of the American College of Physicians. ACPs framework would assure that all lower-income working personswho constitute the vast majority of the uninsuredwill have access to affordable coverage either from improved public safety net programs or by having the means to buy into the same insurance program available to members of Congress and their families.

The framework outline in the paper represents a logical series of reforms necessary to achieve universal coverage. The seven recommended elements of reform are:

  • States should have the option to expand Medicaid coverage to all resident up to 100 percent of the federal poverty level. States should also have the option to unify SCHIP and Medicaid coverage;

  • Advance, refundable and sliding scale tax credits should be made available to uninsured working Americans with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level;

  • Tax credit recipients should have the options of buying coverage through state purchasing group arrangements modeled after the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program;


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Contact: David Kinsman
dkinsman@acponline.org
202-261-4554
American College of Physicians
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