As often as you hear how important it is to maintain good health and wellness,not enough is said about the resources that exist to help those who are uninsured or under-insured. Health Care for all is an issue that has caused a major divide in the United States of America. According to the White House issues on health care, President Obama is working to provide a better or more efficient health care system for all.
On February 4, 2009 the President signed the Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act to provide quality health care to 11 million kids – 4 million kids who were previously uninsured. Even greater news for those who have lost their jobs, there is a 65% COBRA subsidy to make coverage affordable through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Recovery Act also provides the following:
• $1 billion for prevention and wellness to improve America’s health and help to reduce health care costs;
• $1.1 billion for research to give doctors tools to make the best treatment decisions for their patients by providing objective information on the relative benefits of treatments; and
• $500 million for health workforce to help train the next generation of doctors and nurses.
The Administration believes that comprehensive health reform should:
• Reduce long-term growth of health care costs for businesses and government
• Protect families from bankruptcy or debt because of health care costs
• Guarantee choice of doctors and health plans
• Invest in prevention and wellness
• Improve patient safety and quality of care
• Assure affordable, quality health coverage for all Americans
• Maintain coverage when you change or lose your job
• End barriers to coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions
In the meantime, while these issues are being worked out, there are resources that are available to assist you in areas of your health and wellness. The following links provides information from prescription assistance to insurance coverage.
Coverage for all
Cover Me Foundation
Partnership for Prescription Assistance
For more on the President’s plan on health care reform, please visit the following links:
White House Health Issues
Health Care Reform