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Ohio Healthcare Organization Responds to Healthcare Reform
Date:9/17/2009

AKRON, Ohio, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the health insurance reform debate continues in Washington, D.C. and around the country, Summa Health System provides the following response to the latest developments in the debate and the potential impact on Summa. As a system, Summa continues to inform the debate by sharing its perspective on various policy changes and urges adoption of policies that would impact its patients' health in a positive way, including efforts to expand affordable health insurance to those without coverage.

The President's Speech

President Obama's speech last week was a call to action for both Congress and the public. Although, as he noted, there are many details yet to be worked out under the broad proposal outlined, there could be substantial new opportunities for Summa to build on what we do best -- provide outstanding, innovative care at a reasonable cost. The President outlined the following concepts in his speech:

For those with health insurance coverage, the President proposed the following:

  • Individuals who like their current coverage -- whether through their employer, a government program, or other source -- would be able to keep their current coverage.
  • New regulations for insurance companies would require the elimination of pre-existing condition exclusions, a cap on out-of-pocket expenses, and the elimination of cost-sharing for preventive care.

Summa has supported many of these changes in our health reform policy principles. In fact, in our Nine for '09 principles document, we focused on many of the same insurance market reforms outlined by the President.

For those without health insurance coverage, the President
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