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New England Journal of Medicine Perspective by Irwin Redlener, MD, Addresses Health Care Reform
Date:12/4/2009

Dr. Redlener Applauds Historic Effort but Points out Potential Risk if America's Safety Net Programs Are Lost in Final Health Care Reform

NEW YORK, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The New England Journal of Medicine today published a Perspective opinion piece addressing health care reform, co-authored by Irwin Redlener, M.D., president, Children's Health Fund and Director, National Center for Disaster Preparedness and Professor of Clinical Population & Family Health at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health; and, Roy Grant, M.A., of the Children's Health Fund, a national organization that advocates for and develops primary care programs for disadvantaged and medically underserved children.

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This expert opinion piece applauds the historic efforts to pass health insurance reform and make health care more available to Americans, but cautions stakeholders to strongly consider the potential consequences of eliminating America's Safety Net programs, currently insuring 100 million people, in the final health care reform legislation. This article also points out that the conditions of poverty, isolation and population disparities which made a "health care safety net" necessary in the first place will remain, regardless of reforms which may be passed into law in the months to come.

"We applaud Congress and the President for their efforts to produce an historic health reform bill which will provide tens of millions of currently uninsured Americans access to secure health insurance coverage," said Dr. Irwin Redlener, M.D., president, CHF. "Nevertheless, with more than 45 million Americans uninsured( )and many more underinsured, with more than 65 million Americans( )living in federally designated Health Professional Shortage(
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