Navigation Links
APHA Applauds Prevention and Wellness Provisions in House Health Reform Bill

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

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:
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... 13, 2015 , ... According to an article published October 5th ... who successfully lose weight with a bariatric procedure are much less likely to develop ... notes that anywhere from 40 to 50 percent of all endometrial cancer cases are ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2015 , ... In an ... utility costs were 36 percent lower per square foot than in 2009. The Williamsport ... cost of heating and cooling has decreased by eight percent. , According to ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... ... A child without a healthy mouth is much more likely to have an ... has joined with Global Dental Relief (GDR) to help bring dental care ... SmileCareClub will donate one clinic visit to a child in Kenya. , “When SmileCareClub ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... 13, 2015 , ... Scientists in Seattle and Vancouver compared the diagnostic value ... without mesothelioma. Surviving Mesothelioma has just posted an article on the new research. ... Seattle and the University of British Columbia found that certain genetic alterations were seen ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... , ... October 13, 2015 , ... World Patent ... Snow Blanket, a snow melting invention that helps people in clearing snow away from ... will continue to grow at 3.8% per year," says Scott Cooper, CEO and Creative ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/13/2015)... , Oct. 13, 2015  Data Science Automation (DSA), ... opening of a new branch office in the ... DSA,s presence in Europe . The decision ... increasing demand for local support of customers in the medical ... Ph.D., DSA,s UK Branch Manager. "We have had tremendous success ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... DIEGO , Oct. 13, 2015  Nanomedical ... for use in research and diagnostics, announces the ... $1.6 million led by Serra Ventures. ... mission is providing low-cost, easy-to-use monitoring and diagnostic ... health decisions. The funding round will enable the ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... PARK, Md. , Oct. 13, 2015 Attracting ... is the biggest key to growing Baltimore ... a report released today by the Maryland Technology Enterprise ... has many of the pieces in place to support innovation ... Connolly , director of Mtech Baltimore. "This study is important ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: