Navigation Links
APHA Applauds Prevention and Wellness Provisions in House Health Reform Bill
Date:11/8/2009

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Public Health Association (APHA) applauds the prevention and wellness provisions in the health reform bill passed last night by the House.

"With passage of this bill, the House takes important steps toward universal coverage, supporting important insurance reforms and moving our health system from one that focuses on treating the sick to one that focuses on keeping people healthy," said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), executive director of APHA. "However, we urge Congress to take another look and ensure that women have access to the full range of reproductive health services in any health reform measure enacted."

Earlier this year, APHA released its 2009 Agenda for Health Reform, which outlines APHA's top priorities for health reform legislation. The Affordable Health Care for America Act takes important steps toward addressing many of these priority issues, including:

  • Expanding health insurance coverage to include 96 percent of all Americans, barring insurance companies from discriminating against people based on pre-existing medical conditions and limiting premium age rating for older Americans;
  • Creating a mandatory funding stream of $34 billion for a Prevention and Wellness Trust to strengthen core public health activities at the state and local level;
  • Creating a "public option" insurance program as a competitive option to private insurance;
  • Expanding the Medicaid program to cover individuals up to 150 percent of the federal poverty level, about $33,075 for a family of four;
  • Requiring Medicare, Medicaid and private insurers to provide first dollar coverage for highly rated, evidence-based preventive health services;
  • Prioritizing reducing health disparities in the prevention and wellness strategy and community services grants; and
  • Addressing the need for primary care, nursing and public health professionals.

"As thousands of public health professionals convene in Philadelphia this week for APHA's 137(th) Annual Meeting, we look to the Senate to ensure that these important public health provisions are reflected in the chamber's health reform legislation and to continue our progress toward an improved health system, which includes true universal coverage, a focus on prevention and wellness, and ensures women have access to the full range of reproductive health services."

Learn more about the American Public Health Association.

    Contact: David Fouse
    Until Nov. 12: (215) 418-5250
    (202) 777-2501
    david.fouse@apha.org

SOURCE American Public Health Association


'/>"/>
SOURCE American Public Health Association
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. National Alliance for Hispanic Health President and CEO Applauds House Action, Calls on Senate to Pass Health Reform in 2009
2. NAMI Applauds Initial Review of The Affordable Health Care of America Act and Health Care Reform
3. National Alliance for Hispanic Health Applauds Confirmation of Dr. Regina Benjamin as the 18th Surgeon General of the United States
4. NAMI Applauds NPR Story Highlighting Mental Health on Campus
5. American Academy of Physician Assistants Applauds Senate Finance Committee for Advancing Health Reform Legislation
6. XLHealth Applauds Quality Focused Reforms in Senate Finance Committee Legislation
7. GlaxoSmithKline Applauds Compassion, Competence, Passion and Perseverance in North Carolinas Child Advocates
8. Trust for Americas Health Applauds HHS Announcement of Prevention and Wellness Fund of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
9. Alzheimers Foundation of America Applauds Inclusion of Cognitive Screening for Medicare Beneficiaries in Senate Finance Committee Health Reform Proposal
10. Health Insurer Regence Applauds Chairman Baucus for Moving Health Reform Process Forward With a Bill Today
11. STEMCELL Technologies Applauds Feeder-free Derivation of Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... ProVest Insurance Group, ... Dallas, Miami, and Raleigh regions, is organizing an extended charity drive to benefit ... deadly chromosome abnormality. , After struggling since birth with several health challenges, T.J. ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... The International Association ... standards of excellence for the field of eating disorders, announces the opening of ... 2018 in Orlando, Florida at the Omni Resort at ChampionsGate. , ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... Alzheimer’s or dementia. However, many long-term care insurance companies have a waiver for care ... is the 90-day elimination period, when the family pays for care, is often waived, ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... , ... Talented host, actor Rob Lowe, is introducing a ... episode of "Success Files," which is an award-winning educational program broadcasted on PBS ... in-depth with passion and integrity. , Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve in ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... CitiDent and ... apnea using cutting-edge Oventus O2Vent technology. As many as 18 million Americans ... frequent cessation in breathing. Oral appliances can offer significant relief to about 75 ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/11/2017)... -- Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. ("Hill-Rom") (NYSE: HRC), today provided an ... Puerto Rico , where the company ... Following a comprehensive onsite assessment, ... damage, temporary loss of power and minimal water damage ... operations have resumed, and the company expects to return ...
(Date:10/4/2017)... South Korea , Oct. 4, 2017  South ... its next-generation CPR training aide "cprCUBE" on Kickstarter. The ... chest compression during cardiac arrests with better efficiency compared ... It also offers real-time feedback on efficacy of the ... The crowdfunding campaign has a goal to raise $5,000. ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... , Oct. 2, 2017  AllianceRx Walgreens Prime, the ... by Walgreens and pharmacy benefit manager Prime Therapeutics LLC ... brand, which included the unveiling of new signage at ... as well as at a few other company-owned facilities ... brand to patients, some of whom will begin to ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: